Saturday, February 19, 2011

Everything is Problem Solving

I spent some time thinking today.  Yes, I know I tend to over think things.  I make no excuses.

I was thinking about what I wanted to do for a job.  The more I thought about it, the more I realized that everything is problem solving.  Writing solves the problems of earning a living, entertaining people, and/or teaching people.  The medium is the written word with optional images.  There is considerable depth and breadth in the writing you can do.  You can also write about the past, present, and/or future.  Collecting garbage solves the problem of what to do with our waste.  The collecting itself has little breadth or depth.  The medium is the garbage truck and physical effort.   It solves a present and future problem. 

Not everyone likes to solve the same problems.  I don't like political problems, as they tend to have little breadth or depth.

You would also have to consider who benefits from the solved problem.  And who is paying the cost.  With political problems, a small group generally benefits more than anybody else.  With a medical problem, it's the patient. 

So a problem comes with a category and subcategories, the medium in which it's solved, the time is affects, a level of breadth and depth, who benefits, and who pays the cost.  Asking what kind of job you want, or even what kind of life you want, is like asking what kind of problem you want to solve.

I enjoy technical, logical , and logistical problems.  I would want to work with technology and my imagination.  I want to solve things for the future.  As a generalist, I like a lot of breadth with a low to medium amount of depth.  I want enough of a monetary benefit to live off of and a larger benefit for others.  I want the cost to come from my time and effort as well as what the consumer pays toward the solution.

That said, I'm still trying to find what I want to do, what problems I want to solve.  What about you?

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