Amy Rees Anderson

Be Curious Enough To Dig In And Driven Enough To Do Something

Some of the greatest inventions in life have come about because someone saw a problem and decided they wanted to fix it!  One doesn’t necessarily have to be a great genius to solve a problem, in fact, some of the most amazing ideas come from people who simply want to find an easier way to do things. 

We all have a bit of an inherent ability to solve problems within us – just think about it – how many times have we complained about something, stating “I don’t know why they just don’t _____ instead?”  That is us thinking of a solution!  The only problem is that if that is all we do, complain about it, then we just exacerbate the problem rather than fixing it.  Whereas, if we would take it a step beyond our comment and actually run with the fix, we might just have the next great solution that the world could use! 

Or another example – we go to do the most routine task and we think to ourselves, “I wonder why no has invented _____ product that would eliminate this task having to be done all together” which we then immediately follow with the thought “well, it must not be possible or it must be a bad idea because if it was a truly great idea then someone much smarter than me would have already invented it”, only to then put it out of our minds.  Whereas, if we would stop thinking that our ideas are not good enough and stop discounting our ability to have a stroke of genius, perhaps we would create the next great invention hat the world could use! 

Funny thing is that if we would take the words of someone the world views as one of the greatest geniuses of all time, he would tell  us that he was no more genius than the average person – he was simply curious enough to dig into problems and driven enough to do something to try and solve them.  See Albert Einstein’s own words:

“I am not more gifted than the average human being. If you know anything about history, you would know that is so—what hard times I had in studying and the fact that I do not a have a memory like some other people do. I am just more curious than the average person and I will not give up on a problem until I have found the proper solution. This is one of my greatest satisfactions in life—solving problems—and the harder they are, the more satisfaction do I get out of them. Now if you understand what I have just told you, you see that it is not a matter of being more gifted but a matter of being more curious and maybe more patient until you solve a problem.” ~ Albert Einstein

 All of us have brilliant minds if we just have the passion to study the problem out, let our ideas flow, don’t discount that your idea might actually be genius (even if it seems obvious and simple!), be willing to take the time to validate your idea as a solution to the problem, and then work your guts out to make your solution a reality!  That is how amazing things come about in this world – Ordinary people put extraordinary effort into solving problems that make this world a better place.

~Amy Rees Anderson (author of the book “What Awesome Looks Like: How To Excel in Business & Life” )

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