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Week 3 - Friday - Problems

Rohan Gilkes’ 27 Days to Building a Business Once and For All: Problem Solving

rohanJune 28, 2016 by rohan

Rohan Gilkes’ 27WeekBuild: Day 15 – Problem Solving

Today we’re going to take a mini-break and chat about obstacles and how we overcome them. Take a sec to check out this video with Dara.

So as you’re building a company you often end up in places that seem impossible to navigate like Dara did in the video.  Could be something like:

You need to find clients in order to get reviews.

But you need reviews before you can find clients.

And this is just a small one. There will be tons of problems that seem insurmountable that will be several orders of magnitude larger than the problem I mentioned above.

Well today’s post is less about giving answers, and more about reminding you that can you solve these problems one by one as they arise.

That you need to adopt a problem-solver’s mindset.

And stay in a space where you are oozing creativity and hustle and decisiveness.

Let’s chat about this stuff for a bit today.

Necessity is the mother of invention

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If you’re reading this, chances are you’re well-educated, and live in a country where you’re pretty safe and relatively comfortable. You have access to the internet, electricity is on 24 hours per day (this still feels fantastic btw), and clean water is plentiful.

For the rest of the world (and some of this applied to me at one point), things that we take for granted are daily pressing concerns. Having to walk miles for drinking water, kids dropping out of school at 9 years old to go work to support the family…I could go on, but you get the picture.

So for about half of the world’s inhabitants our lives would look like downright freaking luxury.

My take on this reality: We owe it these folks not only to do something with all the opportunity we have, but to recognize our place of privilege, and hopefully be moved to help out where we can.

What does this have to do with problem-solving?



I think problem-solving requires us to adopt a mindset that is close to “how would I approach this if I had to solve this problem in order to eat?”

The problem solving zone exists in a space that is closer to chaos that it is to comfort.

The thing is, nothing about business is really convenient and easy and just falls into place.

You definitely won’t ever have quite enough time. Maybe you have a full-time job, or a relationship that requires your attention, or have health problems…even in “the first world” life is pretty much organized chaos.

And so be it.

I find that the folks that embrace this chaos, and seek progress rather than comfort, are folks that win! These are the people that think about solutions as ways to eat, or ways to seek freedom, and do so with a hunger and single-mindedness and creativity that we see in people that live in difficult conditions.


Wrap up

Hopefully this explains my mindset a bit and why sometimes I lose patience with people that seem to just want everything to be so comfortable and perfect.

The real action happens in a space that is outside the zone of comfort.  Most progress happens when things are kind of a mess. I think in the next few days as we launch some of this will become even clearer and I’ll refer back to this post.

So thanks for reading.

Tomorrow we’ll be back on our action schedule but I thought a day like this where we took some time to reflect was important. We’ll be looking at how Dara creates a simple video to promote the business.

Chat then.

Peek over my shoulder as I share everything on my journey to $100,000 in monthly revenue.

We’re learning a lot and so will you.

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About the Author

Startup entrepreneur , writer, and local brand builder. I’ve launched and grown several companies, generated millions in revenue, and along the way allowed thousands of people to peek over my shoulder to see what works. What follows is the 80/20 approach to building a successful business.