Solve Problems with Patience

There are several people in my life, both personal and professional, that move a lot quicker than I do. Call them Type A, say they have ADD, call it a sense of urgency; they are all moving very fast and expecting instant gratification. Sometimes, this works for them. They achieve results in less time or they can juggle more. Other times, it doesn’t work out, mistakes are made, and frustration sets in.

When time allows, I’m usually the tortoise in the race. I believe in doing something right so you do it once. What is it? “If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it again?” My dad is the same way, albeit not in the digital world. When he puts something together, he meticulously cleans each piece, lays them out, works with one piece at a time, and doesn’t skip a step.

Of course, there are situations where time is of the essence, but there isn’t much that will test my patience like watching someone attempt to rush through a project without a comprehensive understanding of the parameters. Recently, I witnessed a similar scenario before working on the issue myself (and solving it) in less time than we had spent on it together. The tortoise once again beat the hare.

I came out the other side with a sense of accomplishment and a set of guidelines for anyone who may be moving too quickly to see the issues right in front of them:

  • Understand the issue at hand and focus on the problems. Don’t reinvent the wheel, put air in the tire.
  • Work from the bottom up. Make sure your base is solid and continue to build up.
  • Discover and consider ALL your options. Never write off a potential solution until it’s tested.
  • Read all the instructions. Click all the buttons. Tighten all the nuts and screws. Leave no stone…you get it.
  • Check your progress often and if something has been missed, go un-miss it.
  • When you’re done, give everything a once-over.

Deep breaths, everyone.


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