How to solve problems

Somewhere along the line, I realized this one powerful lesson:

Problems are only problems in present time.

In other words, when you’re dealing with it, it’s massive and it’s very present and demanding of your attention.

Looking at an immediate problem, it feels like standing at the base of Mount Everest looking up.

Thinking, how am I going to get through this?

Here’s what I want you to do, close your eyes and think of any major problem you’ve had over the last 10 years or so of your life.

How does it look from here?

I’m guessing it looks like no big deal. Like a bump in the road that you got past right?

From a distance, problems are not problems.

Your future self knows how to handle it and has already handled it and moved on.

Any past problem in your life didn’t stop you because you’re still here.

So I’d encourage you to solve problems from the future. Put some distance between the problem, be objective and look at it from a distance. You’ll start to see the solution and also realize, it’s not that big of a problem.

But up-close, in the present…. It’s massive and almost un-confrontable.

Realize that every past problem in your life you’ve solved.

Don’t give your problems so much power. Step away.

Put some distance between it and solve it from the future because future you has already handled it and moved on.

Future you is an amazing problem solver.

You’ve got this.

— Robert

About Robert Cornish: Robert Cornish founded Richter in early 2008 to build an agency focused on communication strategies that support sales growth for business to business technology-related companies. Bootstrapped with zero capital in the middle of the financial meltdown, Richter went on to make the Inc 5000 list comprised of the fastest-growing companies in America five times. Richter made the Silicon Valley Fast 50 four times and the Entrepreneur360 award two times. Robert has been featured in Bloomberg Businessweek, Selling Power Magazine, Inc Magazine and IDEA magazine. He's been a guest speaker for ACG Los Angeles, IASA Summit, West Point and been interviewed for 33Voices, EnTRUEpreneurship Podcast and IDEA Magazine by Northwood University. In 2012 Wiley & Sons published his book, What Works, about the lessons he's learned while growing his agency from start-up navigating his way to a multi-million dollar agency. Robert currently owns four companies.

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