Posts Tagged ‘problem solving’

When others don’t treat us the way we want to be treated, we can often make the assumption that it’s all the other person’s fault. However Nicky Gumble points out that we can often be the cause of the problem ourselves!:

If you want to change the way people respond to you, change the way you respond to people

So the bottom line is, if people aren’t treating you right, take a step back and look at yourself, because it may be that you’re the root of the problem!

look at yourself

We are continually faced by great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems. ~ John W Gardner

…and the fact that these opportunities are brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems is the reason we find it so difficult to cope when problems arise in our life.

Problem solving is something I enjoy doing, it’s part of my job, to find IT solutions to problems. I’ve always enjoyed problem solving, as I was always quite good at maths at school and when I was younger I used to do those logic problem quizzes. All this doesn’t mean I enjoy life when I face “insoluble problems”, far from it, as I find them just as difficult as the next person to cope with.

Just remember that, as the above quote says, what might seem like an insoluble problem is actually a great opportunity in disguise, so make sure you grab those opportunities with both hands!


How many times have you found yourself saying, or heard someone else saying, “It just seems to be nothing but one problem after another”?

And how many times have your or someone else responded by saying, “They’re not problems, just challenges”?

To be honest I’ve never really liked that statement, “They’re not problems, just challenges“. I’m not entirely sure what it is about that statement that I’ve never really liked, but I do know that there are times in everyone’s life when some things are definitely problems and not challenges!

As far as I’m concerned, some problems can be challenging, but not every challenge is a problem! I hope that makes some kind of sense to you!

Whether you prefer the word “challenge” to “problem“, try not to be problem minded…be solution minded. After all if we go looking for solutions we usually find them, so surely the same can be said of problems…if we go looking for problems, we will find them!