I Got 99 Problems But I Ain't One

Humor, Truth or Both?

George Carlin was a dark and twisted comedic genius. Upon reading this quote, you may think it's malevolent, but I think Carlin was on to something much bigger (as he often was); a way of thinking that can apply to numerous walks of life. It has to do with admitting defeat, utilizing resources, and asserting yourself to achieve a goal. Let me explain...

Not Just Another Brick In the Wall

A business owner starts with an idea, maps out a plan, builds a product, and hits a brick wall. That wall can be made up of countless varieties of bricks. It can be a brick that smashes a hole in the product’s functionality. It can be a brick that weighs the business down as it tries to tread water in its early stages of life. It can be a brick that whispers, echoing thoughts of potential problems and possible failure. It can even be a brick that looks like just another brick in the wall, there to impede progress. Sometimes, though, it’s a helpful brick. It’s a brick that shows you where to pivot and take a new approach to your business plan. The problem is, it’s hard to tell which brick is which, because lots of bricks look the same. Enter: George Carlin.

Value Is Everywhere

“If you can’t beat them, arrange to have them beaten.” In other words, if you can’t figure it out for yourself, admit it, then find someone who can. This can take the form of team-building, contracting, or research. Regardless of the avenue, having an outside perspective that provides advice, assistance, or even just an ear to listen is almost as valuable as your company and whatever tangible assets it has. By not trying to beat all your problems alone, you gain much needed confidence in your exploits, and as a result, you work much more efficiently. 

Power in Numbers

A great football coach was once asked how he was so good at his job. He responded, “I surround myself with people who are smarter than me.” Not everyone is a self-sufficient robot from the future designed to conquer every task by itself and conjure tactics and ideas capable of changing the world. With that in mind, you’re going to run into thousands of big and small issues in your life. It’s up to you to recognize when you can go it alone and when it might be wise to ask for advice, team up, and beat those issues down with a crowbar.