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2 years 33 weeks ago, 8:50 AM

LLE

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2012 will be full of problems to solve---both the personal kind and the political kind, among others.

Since this year, I will become an octogenarian [ means "really old fart" ], I want you to know I am a wizard of the problem solving process. And so, I will share with you some advice that you might find useful. My definition of the term problem, is "an undesireable/undesired condition".

First: If you are unable to state a problem properly, you will have little probability of solving it. We, who are the good workers in the USofA, have been greatly affected by the Protestant Work Ethic [PWE]; the effect PWE has on our work habits is not a function of our personal religious beliefs or lack of them. PWE is a value system that teaches us hard work, fast work and high "productivity" is devinely to be pursued. PWE has been infused into our industrial psyches, and thereby many times has trapped us into faulty problem solving. [THIS is going to piss you off]. Did you ever solve a serious problem and implement a solution, only to find the solution did not "work".?? This happens every day, in a myriad of situations, throughout the good old USA, mostly because we are in such a blasted PWE hurry to "fix it", AND it happens REPETITIVELY for the same problem that did not get fixed on the first try. This is a characteristic of we USA Americans. Time is money, and we are so arrogant about our smarts, that we can come up with a fix very quickly, even though we taught the Japanese and others NOT TO DO THAT!!
So what is the trap we fall into when we characterize a "problem", but derive a "solution" that does not work??
IF you state the problem and include with that statement some sort of assumed causation, you have automatically trapped yourself into choosing a [ high probability] erroneous pathway toward
an effective solution. "We" tend to do that more often than we like to admit.
You want to solve problems effectively, on the first try?? Give yourself the gift of a PURE problem statement. Once having done that, you can brainstorm possible causes and then research which one[s] really ARE valid causes, instead of predisposing yourself to a fix, based upon "causes" which do not exist. Once you have proven what the valid causes are, you can eliminate them, and the problem WILL go away.

ALL the BEST for 2012 to you and your families, from Maw and Paw LLE, and Addie the German Shepherd.

Too old to fight, Too old to run, guess that's why I carry a gun! "would someone show this asshole the way out of town".[Rabbi Avram Belinski-aka "The Frisco Kid"]
2 years 33 weeks ago, 11:05 AM

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wiser words were never spoken, I wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2012..........Now let's VOTE the bastards OUT!

Change you can truly believe in comes from the barrel of a gun---------------------------------------------------------------------------------Ron Paul 2012----Vote the bastards out!---------------------------------
2 years 33 weeks ago, 10:42 PM

LLE

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to the ears of the Almighty!!!! Let it be so.

Too old to fight, Too old to run, guess that's why I carry a gun! "would someone show this asshole the way out of town".[Rabbi Avram Belinski-aka "The Frisco Kid"]
2 years 33 weeks ago, 2:26 PM

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much less post things like

"Give yourself the gift of a PURE problem statement. Once having done that, you can brainstorm possible causes and then research which one[s] really ARE valid causes, instead of predisposing yourself to a fix, based upon "causes" which do not exist"

Obviously good thoughts LLE.. somehow im thinking mine or going to be more like "when is that nurse gonna wipe the drool off me.. or change the depends,,, sheesh which one do i need"

a man has to hold his word, hold his beliefs, and hold a good sight picture.
2 years 33 weeks ago, 7:08 PM

LLE

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and they might imply that a problem exists. But you have not produced a pure problem statement. The first one might be:

"I may lose [or have lost] control of certain bodily functions"

The question is: what is/are the causes, and can they be eliminated? Thus, potentially doing away with the necessity of drool wiping or Depends changing.

Happy New Year!!!!

Too old to fight, Too old to run, guess that's why I carry a gun! "would someone show this asshole the way out of town".[Rabbi Avram Belinski-aka "The Frisco Kid"]

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