Problems Are Opportunities, Not Threats Ross | September 13th, 2011

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” – Albert Einstein

Most people see problems as threats, not opportunities.

It’s natural, when we see problems as threats, to try to solve those problems quickly by doing what worked for us previously in solving similar problems. That’s not unreasonable – solutions that worked for us before can be good solutions.

For example, an entrepreneur with a successful startup and exit might assume that they can repeat again by simply doing the things that made them successful in the first place. An engineer who solved a complex technical problem in a certain way might assume that similar technical problems could be solved in the same manner. A marketing person who achieved success with a viral marketing campaign might assume that when they next need to build buzz about a product or service, a viral marketing campaign would be the best way to proceed.

Real innovation requires us to see problems as opportunities, not as threats. Relying solely on our experience to solve problems can lead us to stop questioning and might prevent a search for better solutions.

To innovate and build on our experience, we all must remember to never stop questioning.

Need something designed? Name your price. Pick from 110+ entries. Love it or your money back.

Like our blog? You’ll freaking love our Twitter updates. Oh, and you’ll dig our Facebook page too.

Hey, it's crowdSPRING!

Tens of thousands of the world's best and most successful entrepreneurs, businesses, agencies and nonprofits rely on crowdSPRING for affordable and risk-free custom logo design, web design, a new company name or other writing and design services. More than 162,000 designers and writers work on crowdSPRING. We create designs and names people love. 100% guaranteed.

Get Blog Updates

Free E-Books

12 Question Interviews with cS designers.
Get it »

Contracts for designers who hate contracts.
Get it »

Contracts for software developers who hate contracts. Get it »

More in Small business, Start ups (201 of 535 articles)

/** chartbeat **/