Friday, October 28, 2016

Axiom 90: Problem Solving is the Best Skill

"If I had an hour to solve a problem I'd spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions." -Albert Einstein

"Problems are only opportunities in work clothes." -Henri Kaiser

In school I often wondered, what is the point of doing this assignment? Why do I need this information? In a world of technology that allows us to look up information in seconds or solve a math problem by taking a picture with our phone what's the point of doing things the hard way?

The point is that you need to learn the skill of problem solving.

It is this most valuable skill you can ever learn. Good problem solving skills are a rare asset prized by companies. At the end of the day companies make money by solving a customer's problem, and they have to continue to solve problems to stay in business as industries evolve.

As companies innovate they find new ways to solve problems. In life there is not always one way to solve a problem. There are good ways and bad ways, and if you ask ten industry experts how to solve a problem you will probably get ten different answers.

When I have screwed something up in life I have found my problem solving skills were vital. It is often when times are toughest that our problem solving skills are the most invaluable. I've made many mistakes in life, but rarely have I made the same mistake twice. I can thank my problem solving skills for that.

Develop your problem solving skills. Embrace those boring lessons that seem pointless. The time will come when that information is valuable. When you encounter a problem examine every way possible to fix it. You will find that good problem solving skills might be your best asset.