The First Problem to Solve

"For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin - real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, or a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life."

-Alfred D. Souza

The fundamental nature of life

The essence of life is that we'll always want to solve some problems (we will want things to be different than they are). If someone didn't want things to be different (which includes trying to ensure some things don't change), that "someone" would not be a human (or even any other life form).

A corollary to this essence is that the game of life includes risk. It includes the risks that things won't turn out the way we want and also the risks (called a possibilities) that they will turn out the way we want.

Together this means that the essence of life is what we humans call "problems."

Loving to work on problems

Therefore, the most fundamental way we can get good at handling problems is to design our life so that working on problems is a blast. Loving to work on problems doesn't necessarily mean that we will solve any particular problem. However, when we love working on problems, in general, we're more likely to get satisfactory solutions to more problems. And, even if we don't solve a particular problem, we loved working on it. So, in this sense, we won anyway. What a deal!

That's what AskDwightHow is all about

AskDwightHow is all about solving the problem of making working on problems fun. This problem should take priority over solving any other particular problem, right!?

Welcome to AskDwightHow. Dig in! Use the 14:24 timer to ensure that you spend just 1% of each day learning how to love working on problems. This will ensure that, step by step, you will become a master at loving to work on problems.