problem

  

Definition

A perceived gap between the existing state and a desired state, or a deviation from a norm, standard, or status quo.

Although many problems turn out to have several solutions (the means to close the gap or correct the deviation), difficulties arise where such means are either not obvious or are not immediately available.


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  • It is always such a comfort to know that I have people in my life that I can turn to when I have a problem and they help me work through it.

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  • If your business has a problem you just need to take a deep breath and think logically about how to solve it.

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  • Even if your business is having a problem you must keep an even keel and decide on the best way to handle it.

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