Turning Problems into Pro-blems
Problems, problems, problems… we are surrounded each day by this word, but why is life full of problems? Should we address them all?
I started thinking about what a problem is, and why we are constantly facing them. What I came up with, is that a problem should really be a problem only if you deeply care about it. When you need to think about reasons for that to be a problem, or reasons why you should solve that problem, this means you don't really care that much. If something torments you from the inside, I can assure you that there is no hesitation, you start solving it and never ask yourself why you are doing it, you simply go for it.
For this reason, usually we make up excuses for things we did not solve or to whom we cannot find a solution. However, the only excuse we should use is that we do not care enough. Bernard Roth, in a conference held at Stanford University (where he is also a co-founder), talked about this issue. He believes that "trying" is different from "doing", and if you really want to solve a problem you just need to do it, and what distinguishes your will to try from that of doing is your personal motivation.
This does not mean that each problem should be avoided, but people should be able to identify which ones are better be solved. Bernard believes this process happens by reframing problems, that is a process of taking a look at the problem itself and change your mindset on the matter. Being able to reframe and transform an apparently impossible issue into a more positive one is the key to the solution.
Having a positive approach is certainly useful to stop yourself from focusing on specific issues without taking a look at the big picture of the problem. However, this process should go side by side with an analysis of your personal insights to really understand where to invest your time. By embracing a skimming process we should easily bring out problems which are more important to us, and further examining leaves us with the only problems we should deal with. This is an effective way to avoid wasting time for issues that we deeply do not care about or most importantly that would not provide a concrete benefit. We turned our complicated list of problems into "Pro" by addressing only the ones that matter. Now we are able to distinguish between useless problems and Pro-blems that, if solved, would change the World's entropy in a positive way. All of this is achieved by changing our game, mind-set and match.