“The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it's the same problem you had last year.”
I don’t know who said that originally, but it does
sound a chord, doesn’t it? I mean, the way I see it life is meant to be
difficult, is meant to be a series of problems which have to be
Take a problem, any problem. We only recognize it as a
problem because it’s just a touch outside the field of our capacity
to solve it. In order to solve the situation, we have to expand. In
other words, we have to learn and grow, acquire new skills in order to
solve that particular problem.
Once we have acquired those skills, we solve the
problem. And henceforth, when a similar situation arises, we don’t
define it as a problem, don’t ‘see’ it as a problem anymore, since we
have the skill set to work through the situation and go on with our
But then a funny thing happens. A new problem arises, just a touch outside our field of our capacity to solve it and we ………
I guess you get the picture.
I’m convinced that the powers that be never present us with a problem which we are not, at least potentially, able to solve.