The interesting thing about solving any kind of problem is to identify processes. The problem with the people trying to solve problems whether it’s personal, financial, political, economic or academic is the fact that they are conscious that they’re solving a problem.

They go about it like the weight of the world was on their shoulders. They go about it in a very formal way and they end up making the wrong call over and over again.

This is all too predictable because the problem is not the answer. The problem is the process. When you approach any kind of problem, assuming that there is some sort of fixed answer that you just need to find, you’re setting yourself up for failure. You’re going about it the wrong way. You’re doing it wrong. You are adopting the wrong assumption at the wrong time to produce the wrong results time after time after time.

Unfortunately, this happens to all people. This happens to even the very best of us – people who have been around the block, people who are otherwise experienced, and people who have high IQs. It doesn’t matter. It happens all the time.

This is why it’s really important to look at the any kind of problem not as some sort of magic set of answers. Instead, look at problems as an invitation or an opportunity to ask the right questions.

With the right questions in mind, you will be able to come up with the mind frame that you will take you closer to the problem. Sooner or later, you will be able to solve the problem.

For example, when you’re trying to figure out horror movie fans, you can go about it in terms of shared experiences or you can you go about it like some sort of estimate. That’s right! Trying to estimate how many people play LOL really pre-supposes or assumes ahead of time that there is a fixed number or fixed solution.

It’s easy to think at this level. After all, most people do suffer from one form of mental laziness or other. Still, if we want to truly mature and step up our game, we need to go beyond the tried and proven. We also need to go beyond the convenient, comfortable, and easy. We need to roll up our sleeves and do some mental heavy work.

This can be very inspiring at some level or other but it can also foreclose opportunities. It can close the doors of serious answers because you’re no longer looking at it as some sort of questions. You’re looking at it as a fixed fact that you just need to discover. You see the difference?

Do yourself a big favor. Pay attention to process instead of automatically assuming that there has to be some sort of answer that has to live up to your preconception. If you do that, chances are, you’re only setting yourself up for disappointment.