It is not true that we learn from mistakes. We really learn when we come across situations where we precisely put that experiential learning into practice. In other words, we learn when we show that we have done it . So this saying would make sense, right? Well, it is necessary to learn how to find solutions when problems appear, regarding the difficult.

Going through Obstacles

Throughout our lives, since we are born, we never stop looking for solutions to problems, discomforts, challenges… This survival mechanism allows us to overcome the obstacles that we come across and continue to develop skills exponentially. The basis of our learning lies in its usefulness and our greatest skills are achieved through training.

We are programmed to get ahead no matter what. A great visual example of this could be any of the numerous videos that tend to go viral on the Internet in which people with some apparent disability carry out tasks that, in our opinion, are impossible, and show us that what they really possess are “other different capacities.” Our potential to adapt to circumstances makes us unique.

In the workplace, one of the skills that will be most in demand in the coming years will be precisely that developed from our ability to learn and adapt. So, learning how to find solutions is something that should not be skipped from knowing.

Leaving the Comfort Zone

Being exposed to risks and difficulties intensifies your learning opportunities. Therefore, try not to fall asleep, as you must be prepared for any change that may occur and the best way is to always place yourself in the limelight. Being alert will keep you «alive.»

Accommodation and staying in the comfort zone are the biggest enemies of your professional development. If we want to get ahead and keep moving forward, we must constantly face new challenges.

They say that if you stop learning at work, it is time to take the leap. Right at this moment you should look for new challenges and rethink your professional future. Undertaking or locating new projects are your only way out to keep moving forward.

Looking for Solutions

Imagine a person who knows how to adapt easily to changes, who never gets stuck, able to get ahead in the face of any unforeseen event, skilled in finding solutions and with sufficient mechanisms not only to face adverse situations, but also to anticipate them. This person will be the professional of the future.

For a couple of years it has been stated that 75% of the professions of the future do not yet exist or are being created. Faced with such a panorama, more than graduates in careers that may be expired upon completion, organizations will demand people capable of providing solutions to the most unpredictable challenges. And how does one become a solution seeker?

Learning How to Find Solutions

The way in which we face the difficulties of our day to day changes depending on many variables. There are people who are more predictable than others, some who stand out for their creativity, others for their practicality, some are very agile, some are more detailed… But even so, we can trace some common patterns.

Why? We normally look for solutions for 3 reasons:

  1. Reactive. Solving a problem that already occurs
  2. Preventive. Anticipate possible threats
  3. Positive or creative. Look for an improvement or a new way of performing a task.

How? Currently we usually look for solutions through two types of sources:

  • Internal. They are our own resources that we have been collecting over time. We can get these from:
    • Our experience (immediate consultation)
    • Own documentation (recurring query)
  • External. They are external resources that we do not yet have but that are within our reach. Depending on the level of confidence, we normally resort to:
    • Network of contacts (friends, colleagues…)
    • Unknown sources (Google, close people or referents, library…).

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