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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Notable Quotes

  • A Pitfall in Predicting the Future
    "The problem with trying to predict the future is that you forget about the present."
    - Siam Luu
  • Overlooked Problems
    "Find (a) simple solutions (b) to overlooked problems (c) that actually need to be solved, and (d) deliver them as informally as possible, (e) starting with a very crude version 1, then (f) iterating rapidly."
    - Paul Graham
  • What Kind of Problems to Solve
    "After 25 years of buying and supervising a great variety of businesses, Charlie Munger and I have not learned how to solve difficult business problems. What we have learned is to avoid them. To the extent we have been successful, it is because we concentrated on identifying one-foot hurdles that we could step over rather than because we acquired any ability to clear seven-footers."
    - Warren Buffett
  • Back Problems
    "More than ever before, Americans are suffering from back problems. Back taxes, back rent, back auto payments."
    - Robert Orben

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