On Finding Problems

It’s tempting to find problems. The world is full of them, and we get attention (sweet, sweet, attention) for pointing them out.

But it comes at a cost–one explained nicely in this post by Rajesh Setty. Negativity is poisonous, and you don’t want its ill effects in your life.

If you want to your net contribution to the world to be positive, there’s a higher road:

  1. Find a problem
  2. Think of a solution
  3. Build the solution
  4. Share it

Paradoxically, this pattern of behavior is both noble and rare enough that if you follow through with it consistently, you won’t have a problem getting attention after all.