Tuesday, April 25, 2006

The Problem with Problem Solvers | Digital Rules By Rich Karlgaard

Rich Karlgaard's usually not the sort of person I quote. As an opinion piece writer for business journal Forbes, I don't see eye to eye with some of the stuff he's saying. Hey, that's just me.

That said, I can't deny the quality of this thought.

"..."opportunity seekers," love charging into the unknown future. They trust that things will work out if people are free to work and create, using capital that is free to seek a return. Opportunity seekers, in fact, are bored by static problem solving. This does not mean they are shirkers. It's just that they'd rather invent word processors than fix typewriters.

Problem solvers, on the other hand, see failure everywhere. They will grind away at a problem, even subsidizing past efforts that have never worked well and probably never will. Problem solvers tend to resist forward motion until all present-day problems are gone. Problem solvers get irritated--a stern bunch they are--when they see others frivolously seeking opportunity."

It's not a bad thought to live by, especially for someone who is expected to seek new media opportunites while solving old media problems. Don't solve problems, find ways to make the problems irrelevant.

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