Taking your eyes off yourself is the first step to making your dream happen in life. That’s why one of the greatest keys to becoming successful is to do something for someone else. Problem solving may be the single most important task you will ever undertake. Solve someone else’s problem and it will change your life. Want to be rich? Become more valuable to others. Want to move up in the company? Become indispensable. Solving problems is what makes you more precious and essential in today’s workplace.
The bigger the problems you solve, the more valuable you become.
I have a friend named Ralph Winter. Ralph produces major blockbuster movies, and he’s very good at it. He’s produced Star Trek, Mighty Joe Young, Inspector Gadget, Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes, X-Men, X2, Wolverine, and The Fantastic Four.
Ralph is an expert at solving problems, and because he’s so good, studios are willing to compensate him accordingly. There have been many times when a major special effects extravaganza got out of control, and he was the man to get it back on track. I’ve seen him get the call when a major high-budget movie was in production and spinning out of sight. He would fly to the location, bring in his team, rework the budget and shooting schedule, reassure nervous actors and crew, and calm down frantic studio executives.
In a world where major movies cost more than $100 million, Ralph solves expensive problems. As a result, he’s very valuable.
The question is – what are the problems that you could solve for someone else? Solutions that would make you invaluable, in demand, and get you noticed?
Just remember. It’s not about you. It’s about solving problems. Let me know your thoughts….