“Everyone who achieves success in a great venture, solves each problem as they came to it.” – W. Clement Stone, Born May 4, 1902.
Generally, Stone is full of shit. But this is a good quote, and true to boot.
Preparation is good, but it will not remain intact in the face of executing those best-laid plans.
At some point, there is such a thing as over-planning, overthinking, over-preparing.
What really matters is having the resourcefulness and determination to meet the waves nature sends to sink you – and surf them.
Problems emerge. Difficulties arise. Don't fret over them. Don't waste time trying to avoid them at all costs, especially when they are “maybe” kind of problems.
Instead of preparing a master plan that covers all possible eventualities, get yourself a toolkit, and some trusted advisors, and get out there and start fucking shit up.
Start doing it. Solve your problems as they arrive instead of standing still thinking about how to never have any problems. Because that's a fool's errand. You'll never accomplish a wrinkle-free success.
So you may as well just get going. Do it. Whatever you're dreaming of doing.
Bet the fucking bank the universe is gonna try and stop you. Climb over the obstacles. Break down the doors that close in your face. Don't accept “no”… Don't accept “can't”…
Because a magical thing will happen.
Eventually, you will either conquer a problem no one's ever faced before and become an innovator – and profit greatly…
Or you will discover your own way of solving a problem everyone faces – and profit greatly…
Or you might even screw up so bad you can serve only as an example of what not to do – and you can even profit from that, too.
Presuming you're willing to solve that problem if and when it arrives on your doorstep.
<!—- lagniappe I feel like I have talked about this approach a few times, so here is a tactical way to approach solving a problem in your life or business to determine if you can then SELL your solution once you arrive at it. First, do some searching and find out what off-the-shelf solutions are available. If there are a bunch, that ironically means it’s pretty easy to solve the problem yourself. Second, if it checks out, go looking for the DIY answer. What’s that going to cost in supplies, effort, trial and error, etc. Now you have something to compare the off-the-shelf solutions to. Are they actually better? If so, how? What trouble are they saving and what extra benefit are they giving? Third, get some ideas and quotes on hiring someone to do this for you. What does that entail? Is it a cookie cutter solution, or is some customization offered? Is there variation in cost, if so, what’s the high end? Now, let’s look at what we have got - without actually having even solved the problem yet. - We know if it’s worth creating a paid solution to sell (because if competition exists, it is.) - We know what various competing offers add or lack to the choice of just doing it yourself. Benefits/trade offs, etc. - We know the difficulty and cost of going the DIY route, compared to just buying something off the shelf. So we know what the real savings are (or whether there really are any). - We know how expensive it can get if you go with a done-for-you solution, and we know what the range is of quality/cost. From here, we know how to price, position, and pitch our own solution, because we know exactly where it fits in the market. We know what to include, what to leave out, and where to make our comparisons for confused buyers. Next step would be to either buy some off the shelf solutions and try them, or else go the DIY route, with the understanding that you’ll be recording your process to create your own sellable solution. But that’s something I believe I’ve covered before - if not, I’ll cover it again, let me know! —->
2 thoughts on “Future Possible Problems Aren’t Real – Only Present Problems Deserve Attention”
Would love to see the DIY recording process covered (again)!
"bet the fucking bank" is a magical phrase.