What do you mean, there’s a problem?
Some people just see problems, limitations, restrictions, bumps in the road. Others see more than that. They don’t feel limited by anything, and every time some says “I have a problem” they see solutions in that problem. Not necessarily for it, but in it. Because maybe you can reapply that problem and make something good out of it, something that solves other problems. I’m getting all vague here, but I’m sure you catch my drift.
This kind of thinking is important. You need to stop getting stumped by problems, and work your way around them. Sometimes this is best done indirectly, by thinking outside of the box, or coming at it from a different direction. Instead of saying “The glass is half full”, you could say “The glass is twice as large as it needs to be.” Or maybe you can use that half-full glass to your advantage, and use it to quench your small thirst, a problem you had trouble dealing with earlier. More vague shit, but you get the idea.
Just open your eyes, and don’t judge books by their cover. This goes for mostly everything, also for problem solving, or just seeing opportunities, possibilities in general. Try to make the best of it, or make it better.
For example, the whole “phone number words” thing I went on about yesterday. Fun thing, sure, but I see more than that. Would make for a nice web app (it feels disgusting just saying that), maybe generate some ad revenue. Who knows, maybe there’s more 3×4 numeric keypad shenanigans I can come up with. Possibilities all around, folks.
Now go out there and solve a problem!