Pray for Problems

When I was a small boy, I attended a church service that made a lasting impression on me.  A senior member of the church had been buried that week.  The minister was commenting on what he had heard at the funeral.  People were telling his widow that Brother Bob is problem-free now.  The minister shared how Bob had done more than his fair share of problem solving in his 92 years.  He was amazed that he had been the happiest man he had ever known.  This was true even on his deathbed.  No matter how large or small the challenge, he attacked it with enthusiasm.  To make a long sermon short, he concluded by saying solving problems is a big part of life.  A great part.  Start praying for problems if you want to be happier.

Throughout my life I have observed how people handle problems.  Many just sit around and complain about how many they have and how life is not fair (not very successful people).  The more successful people tend to search out problems and address them promptly.

This is a quality I have observed in people, regardless of age, who excel in whatever they do. They plan for success, looking and asking what obstacles may slow them down.  The ability to solve problems is a quality that all businesses seek.

One of my old bosses was always saying, “We do not need problem identifiers.  We need problem solvers.”  People in business for themselves will have many challenges.  The more successful they are the more obstacles they will need to overcome. Some people call them workaholics but it’s just the opposite for them; they love the challenges.  It’s like a game. The more they play and the more difficult the situation, the more they like it.

I now see that Bob discovered this secret early in his life and I only regret that I didn’t know him better.   He was a very successful man even after death.  What a wonderful example Bob set for anyone who knew him.  Remember, pray for problems, especially in your business, and then hire more people to help solve those problems so they can share in your success. The more successful you are the more problems you’ll have.

 Successful people face more problems than unsuccessful ones. This is the reward for being successful.

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R.J. Patterson

R.J. Patterson

Raland J. Patterson earned his MBA with an emphasis in finance from National University. For the past 18 years he worked as a financial planner.

The last six were spent as Regional Vice-President in Europe, responsible for 20 different offices located in seven countries. He served in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot from 1970-1971 with the First Cavalry Division.

When he retired from the Army as a Lt. Colonel, he had logged 22 years of active duty. He earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and Bronze Star with One Oak Leaf Cluster, and 14 air medals, among other awards.

After travelling extensively, he now lives in his hometown of Blue Ridge, Georgia. He brings an insiders knowledge of detailed military protocol and experience along with small town American values.

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