The challenges we face are not a barrier

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A time of change brings us challenges.

Sometimes, frustrated, we wish those problems would go away. But in our work, the challenges we face are not a barrier to our job, they are our job: resolving them is what we are paid to do. And in our personal lives, the challenges we face are not our a barrier to our growth, they are our opportunity for personal growth.

The first step to solving these challenges is to see the problem as an opportunity. The bigger the challenge, the bigger the opportunity. The larger the problems we can handle, the more contribution we can make. And there are five directions that could take.

Sometimes we discover that we’d rather go and work on something else, something we care about more. That’s ok too: as Steve Jobs showed, the second step is use this situation as an opportunity to find what you love.

Every challenge we face is an opportunity to learn and grow: either to become better at fixing and building something we care about, or to learn that we don’t care about it enough — this is not our problem — and to find something that matters more to us instead.

We are not just human beings we are human becomings. And we don’t grow when things are easy: we grow when we face and overcome challenges.

What issues are you currently facing? Do you feel inspired to tackle them? Or are there other issues in the world you would rather be addressing instead?

Adapted from Inner Leadership: tools for building inspiration in times of change.

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