Tuesday Musings: No problem is too small or too trivial if we can really do something about it.

“No problem is too small or too trivial if we can really do something about it.” -Richard Feynman

 All problems are important if we can solve them. I grew up thinking that in order for me to ‘make it’ I had to solve a big problem, something huge, something life changing, or else I was stuck forever in the rat race. Never having lived life.

My life changed when I started studying business and marketing. I realized that pain comes in all shapes and sizes, to be successful you need to find the pain that you can solve and cure it.

A problem doesn’t have to be large for you to profit from solving it. For example let's say we are back in the 1800s and you are firing a gun. You notice that when the gun fires its unnervingly loud. So unnerving that it stops you from being about to shoot accurately. So you put your thinking cap on, and create ear buds out of leftover plastic. You try them out, and they work. Your friends start to notice that you don’t have the same reactions as they do when you go shooting with them. So they ask why. You tell them about your invention, and your friends ask to try them out. They loved them, and they ask you to make a pair for each of them. Fast forward a few years you now own the patent for plastic earbuds, and you sell them nationwide. You had an annoying problem, you used your know-how to solve a problem, and you profited by selling it.

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