My dad always encouraged my brother and I “Be problem solvers, not problem identifiers.” As we celebrated Father’s Day this weekend, I started to think about how his advice and example affected his kids. My dad is an engineer with 40+ industry patents at work. At home, he solved any problems that showed up as broken hairdryers or CD players on his workbench. Those items would be fixed and placed back in their normal spot without any fanfare.
Fast forward 20 years… my brother is a mechanic, and I am an entrepreneur. We both solve problems in our chosen professions. John fixes cars, and I fixed the problem with the name-change process by founding MissNowMrs. When I realized that there wasn’t a guide for non-business women to become entrepreneurs, I wrote Elegant Entrepreneur to fill that void and solve the problem. As I contemplate who we are and what we excel at, it seems my dad’s wisdom was spot on for his children and their happiness.
What does this mean for you? If you are an aspiring entrepreneur, find solutions to problems that plague you instead of just complaining. The ideas and solutions you devise could be the beginning of a new company, a new product, or a new career. In a world full of problem identifiers it is the problem solvers who are successful!