Hope For A Life Full Of Good Problems
April 14, 2023
This afternoon, I was discussing with a couple of my colleagues how tackling more significant and complicated problems is a sign of personal growth and essential for our satisfaction. Life is about dealing with issues, solving problems, and moving forward. The nature of the problems and challenges we have to deal with also evolves as we evolve.
In his book “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck,” Mark Manson discusses the idea that dealing with bigger problems is a sign of growth. I am reproducing below an excerpt from his book. I can’t convey the message better than Mark…
“Problems never stop; they merely get exchanged and/or upgraded. Happiness comes from solving problems. The keyword here is “solving.” If you’re avoiding your problems or feel like you don’t have any issues, then you’re going to make yourself miserable. If you feel like you have problems that are too big to solve, you will also make yourself miserable. The secret sauce is in the solving of the problems, not in not having problems in the first place.
Problems are a sign of life. The bigger the problems you have, the bigger the life you’re living. Don’t hope for a life without problems. There’s no such thing. Instead, hope for a life full of good problems.”