After yet another drop on Wall Street today, +250 points to 12-year low, the “doom and gloom” scenarios outpace the optimist scenarios. Lots of reasons for how we ended up here, but I’m tired of hearing about the “problems”. Let’s start focusing more on “solutions” and less whining about the problems. Yeah, a lot of the problems we’re facing suck and are worse than we’ve seen in a long time, but time to stop dwelling on them. My 8-year old does a fine job of problem identification; I’m working on getting him to understand how to find solutions and fixes to problems rather than complaining about them.
I’ll be the first to admit, that it’s much easier to fixate on the problems than to think about solutions. Is it related to fear of failure if we suggest a solution that doesn’t work? At this point, I think in most cases some failures en route to solving our most pressing problems are better than no action or thinking that others will fix things for us. We’re all in this together; let’s focus more energy on problem solution and less on problem identification. Also, if I start ranting about a problem or something I think is broken in a future post without offering some sort of solution, call me on it!