A Matter of Perspective

There is a known pair of sayings from Albert Einstein:

No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.

We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.

This can be explained as once you see the solution to a problem, the problem itself no longer exists. Perhaps you have to do something to remove one of the side-effects of the problem, but the problem itself is now a non-issue.

Some people are better at resolving problems than others. In a certain sense, we might say that someone who is unable to see the solution is unable to change perspectives. If, when a solution is proposed, they remain unwilling to change perspectives, this would be a form of close-mindedness.

Sadly, when this happens, it is often being done subconsciously, in that people are unaware that a shift in perspective can resolve a significant number of problems they face. In business, this can be extremely detrimental to the potential success of a business. This is, perhaps, one of the main reasons that business owners should be paired with someone that they can discuss and debate problems in the business.

Most people have such support around them, whether a co-owner or manager in the business, a professional advisor, a family member, or a friend. If you find yourself without any of these, your best first step is likely to bring someone into your confidence who can point out the problems you can’t or won’t see in your business, and help advise you on potential solutions.

In short, every business needs a mentor, either internally or externally. The purpose this mentor serves is to offer an alternative perspective on the business, who can help you, the owner of the business, to identify and resolve potential problems before they cause significant damage to the eventual success of your business.