Complicated Problems


If you can't face something, it gets complicated. It scares you, confuses you, upsets you. Your inability to confront the problem makes it

For example, Pete wants a girlfriend, but every time he talks to a woman, he looks at his feet, sweats and stammers. He is terrified of
women. His nonconfront is a big problem. Simply chatting with a female seems very confusing to Pete.

So he decides to face his fear of talking to women. He starts talking to any female he can. He talks to his sister, an older woman in a
store, the librarian, a few of his female coworkers and his friend's wife.

Sooner or later Pete realizes women are just people and not out to hurt him. He enjoys chatting and laughing with them. Finding a
girlfriend seems much easier to Pete.


People who can take on complicated subjects are not afraid of them. For example, your roof leaks. To you, it's complicated: Which
shingle should I remove? How do you remove shingles? Where do you buy new shingles?

But to a professional roofer, the problem is simple. You watch him fix the roof. He pulls a few nails, digs out the bad shingles and installs
the new ones. You confronted the process and it now looks simple.

How to Take Apart Problems

"To take apart a problem requires only to establish what one could not or would not confront." -- L. Ron Hubbard

All you need to do is figure out exactly what you cannot confront and you slice apart the problem.

For example, you want to start a t-shirt business. But instead of swimming in the confusion, or hiring someone to confront it for you, you
ask yourself this question:

"What about this problem is difficult for me to face? What can't I confront about it?" You write down five things you can't confront.

1. Signing a long-term store space lease is scary.

2. T-shirt manufacturers seem like mean people.

3. What if the banker laughs at my loan application?

4. I'm afraid I'll hire bad employees.

5. My advertising ideas might make me look stupid.

Just making the list makes you feel better. Starting a business appears less chaotic. Then, you confront each individual item on your list.

You ask dozens of questions about leasing store space. You use a dictionary to figure out every paragraph of the lease. You understand
the lease and happily sign it.

Next, you meet with a few t-shirt manufacturers. You discover they are very nice people.

You meet with a banker. You interview a few potential employees. You find out the kind of advertising you need to attract customers.

After facing all five items on your list, you realize it's not hard to make a t-shirt business succeed!


What are the problems you face on your road to success? What seems too complicated?

Take each problem apart by establishing what you can't confront. Write down everything that makes you afraid, anxious or angry.
Everything about the problem that is difficult for you to face.

Then confront each piece. Get in there and deal with it. Persist until you can comfortably face each part of the confusion.

If a piece of the puzzle seems too big or complex, break it down as well.

Eventually, through courage, you solve the complexity.

Success, and life itself, becomes simple!
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