Problems - Solve, don't ignore

Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing.
— John Stuart Mill

Every now and again you stumble across a piece of insightful advice from left field. For example, from an okay novel came the gem from the main character - when I meet new people I always ask questions because I already know what I think.

I was listening to an audio book – Macbeth by Jo Nesbo – and the lead character (unsurprisingly Macbeth) said:

When you are confronted with a problem you can solve it or ignore it.

 He was referring to killing the person who was his problem but the logic works on any problem.

The reason I like that is because it told me, with a stark clarity, if I (we or you) don’t act, then the problem remains. Whether they are little problems like confronting your Ex over children’s costs, or larger problems – taking ACC’s (New Zealand’s Accident Compensation Corporation) focus off money and back onto helping New Zealanders (if you are interested, you can read about here and here and here).

Ignoring something is easier. Always. But it means the problem remains and will likely fester. There will come a point when something has to be done as problems don’t tend to solve themselves.

By the way, that doesn’t mean rushing in, head first with all guns blazing. The trick is to work out how to solve the problem and not make it worse. Solve means finding an effective way of fixing the problem and thinking and planning are ever a waste of time!

Part of writing this article is to remind me that ACC needs fixing and I can play a part in that. I have thought long enough and now it is time to act. I’ll keep you updated . . .

My advice, if you encounter a problem, spend some time thinking about how to solve it. Then solve it.

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