Almost every day, I’m surprised again by someone willing to believe that a completely solvable situation is impossible to work through. The mountain is too high. The project is too big. The problem is too complex. They don’t know how, and they don’t want to learn. They’d rather sit there and talk to me about how I could do it for them… when all the tools to solve the problem they’re facing are right there in their hand. It’s more fun (addictive actually) to talk to everyone you know about a huge problem you’re facing than it is to just buckle down and solve it.
Nothing is impossible when you see every single challenge you face as a learning opportunity. Put yourself in the little bitty shoes of an industrious two-year-old who wants the candy up in the corner kitchen cabinet. It’s way up there… over their head and so high and even you, the adult, aren’t sure how to get it back down again. Then one day, your two-year-old realizes that they can move a chair, stand on the counter, use the breadbox as a step, climb on top of the refrigerator, and reach the top shelf in the forbidden cabinet. They never think about how to get back down again, so you find them stuck on top of the refrigerator hollering for help. In spite of their predicament requiring adult assistance though, the candy has been found, eaten, enjoyed, and new knowledge gained about how to get it again next time. Now that you’ve shown them how to get back down again… they know they just need to holler for help next time. Problem solved.
Imagine if adults approached life with the determination and fearlessness of a two-year-old? I doubt we’d be wondering where the next big innovation was going to come from… or wondering if the potential for innovation somehow stopped when social media was created and we all started staring at our phone to escape our challenges.
Soon, there will be a book where I get to talk about some of the details of some of the unbelievable, yet real, challenges we’ve faced and how we’ve had to problem solve our way through those challenges. Some of it would make you mad, some would make you cry, other stuff would just make you shake your head. Soon. For now though, I did want to say this:
Engage with your challenge. Climb your mountain. Conquer that crazy project. You do know how… and if you don’t, Google does. If Google doesn’t know, even better. You’re exploring new territory.
Learning is good. You can. And don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t.