Go Light

Until 1859, thousands of children and adults were dying from drinking milk. Diseases, such as tuberculosis, diphtheria, polio and scarlet
fever, seemed to appear from nowhere. Desperate, ridiculous, useless cures were spreading around the world.

But then Louis Pasteur, a French chemist, discovered a simple remedy to the problem. Heat the milk to 161 degrees for 15 seconds and
you kill the germs that cause the diseases. Pasteurization stopped people from dying.

Perhaps the most complicated problems in the world can be solved with this idea:


For example, you feel depressed and consider dramatic solutions. "Should I leave my family? Should I just stay in bed forever? Should I
drink myself to happiness?" However, if you use a light remedy, such as treating yourself to a delicious meal or listening to your favorite
music, you feel better.

As another example, children who are energetic, inattentive or difficult to control are given powerful psychiatric drugs to make them calm
down. Certainly not a light remedy! Yet when enlightened educators or doctors check if the child is actually brilliant, but bored, the
condition is sometimes solved. They simply give the child school work that is more interesting or more challenging. A light remedy
prevents a lifetime of prescription drugs.

Many of the world's most successful people began their journeys from humble beginnings. None of them used desperate solutions like
complicated loan deals or government programs. Instead, their paths to the top started with simple solutions.

For example, Microsoft's success started with a simple program for controlling a computer disk. Amazon.com started in a garage with
the simple idea of selling books online. Wal-Mart's success began with the simple strategy of always charging a little less than all the
other stores in town.

Five Examples of Light Remedies for Bad Conditions

1. You get into a big argument with your spouse. You consider your options: ignore him or her for a few weeks; go argue with more force
than ever; hire someone to referee the fight. You then think, "What is the lightest remedy I can use?" and come up with a light solution.
You apologize. All is well.

2. You do not have enough time. You are extremely busy and fall behind. You can't seem to get things done. You consider screaming and
throwing things or just giving up. But then you consider light solutions and have a bright idea. "I'll keep a time log to see where I spend my
time." You discover three people are wasting dozens of your hours each week. You gently remove them from your life and you suddenly
have enough time to do what you want to do.

3. Your boss is angry with you, but you don't know why. Your work has not gotten worse, you show up on time and you have not caused
any problems. You think of getting angry at your boss or getting your coworkers to hate him. Instead, you think of a simple remedy. You
ask your boss, "Are you angry with me?" He says, "No, sorry I snapped at you. My darn car won't start." You feel relieved.

4. You are drowning in debt. You made too many financial commitments and are now unable to pay everything you agreed to pay. You
think of robbing a bank, going into hiding or ruining your credit reputation with bankruptcy. You ask yourself, "What is the lightest remedy I
can use to solve my money problems?" You realize, "I just need to focus on making more money." Or "I just need to sell some stuff." Or
"Starting now, I will spend less than I make for the rest of my life."

5. You are frustrated and confused by a government regulation concerning your business. You consider hiring an expensive attorney,
bribing a politician or going underground to avoid the rule. But then you remember a simple remedy and get out your dictionary. You
carefully read the government regulation and look up each word you do not understand. You suddenly understand the regulation and
realize you are already complying with it.


Whenever you feel frustrated by a condition that is getting worse and worse, do not look for desperate, heavy or complicated solutions.
Instead, ask yourself questions like these:

"What light remedy can I use for this bad condition?"
"What is the simplest, most obvious solution?"
"How could I solve this with the least amount of time, work or money?"
"What solution, if it worked, would make me laugh?"
"What is the lightest way to handle this problem?"

You might be pleasantly surprised to find your worst conditions can be solved with light solutions.

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