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All the Easy Problems Are Gone

Julie Slanker

Quick wins...

Low-hanging fruit...

Hacks...

Five simple steps...

One easy trick...

There is no shortage of solutions for quick, simple, easy, obvious problems. They are in every magazine. Every book. Every infomercial you've ever seen. They are passed along in conversation with friends. And implemented without much effort.

[Photo: Life-size "connect four" game.]

[Photo: Life-size "connect four" game.]

That means: If it was going to be easy to do, it would be done already.

You are smart. You're capable. You care. So, if all you had to do was connect a few dots - with a little bit of practice and the slightest bit of strategy - you'd have a winning solution in hand. 

If you don't...

If it feels hard - if you are struggling to make an important change - then it must be more complicated than that.

This is not a reflection of your lack of smarts or creativity. This is not a failing of yours at all. It feels hard because it is hard.

All of the easy problems are gone.

They are solved. And when new easy problems pop up, they are just as easily solved, again. With a gadget or a book recommendation or a new bit of advice from a friend.

[Quote: "Solving problems is hard. If a given problem still exists, you can bet a lot of people have already come along and failed to solve it. Easy problems evaporate; it is the hard ones that linger." - Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner, Think Like a Freak]

[Quote: "Solving problems is hard. If a given problem still exists, you can bet a lot of people have already come along and failed to solve it. Easy problems evaporate; it is the hard ones that linger." - Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner, Think Like a Freak]

That is not what we're doing here. 

There is no difference to be made in making the world slightly less annoying. Or by moderately improving something that wasn't that big of a deal in the first place. 

No.

Your Genius is way too big for that!

Our collective Genius would be criminally wasted if all we cared about were the quick wins, the simple solutions, the five easy steps. 

Thank goodness they're gone! Out of our way.

So that we can focus our time, our energy, our brilliance on making the difference we were born to make.


This is the first post in a yearlong series stepping through The Activated Genius Method. Follow along to access and engage your unique Genius, incubate your Leadership, and develop necessary skills so that you can accomplish more than you ever thought possible in service of a better world. 
Every Monday morning in your Rise & Shine! emails, I will dive a little deeper into the art and science of human performance and guide you through the practical application of this blog's theme in your own life and work. Join us!
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