The Black Panther Approach to Problem Solving

Constantly operating in problem-solving mode might as well function with the same utility as anxiety — it’s stressful.

Grant G. Leonard


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It implies an automatic negative connotation to the challenges we face both big and small and in between. Basically, everyone is solving their own problems in their own unique ways, whether in real life or in business. Major personal issues like health and family and friendships aside, the entrepreneurial lifestyle inherently comes with its fair share of problem-solving requirements.

Sometimes for entrepreneurs, it may even feel like all they’re doing can be boiled down to fixing problems.

And for many type A, perfectionist, accomplishment-oriented archetypes like myself, this can be exhausting. A vigorous problem-solving tendency seems to come naturally to this archetypal DNA. There’s almost a fervor for problem-solving, and discomfort when there doesn’t seem to be any problems to fix. And that’s where this approach can lead to burnout — professionally, interpersonally, and spiritually. And without going too esoteric with the spiritual aspect, it rather literally burns the spirit down as the constant grind weathers the energetic enthusiasm that hacks through the friction in the first place.

From 7 years of running a business in my twenties, while also troubleshooting critical health setbacks such as major knee surgery and a hidden, resilient illness in unison, I’ve learned that a poised, peaceful approach to problem-solving is not just the marketable strategy to employ, but the most efficient for solving the problems in the first place.

Here’s why:

Projecting stress into future outcomes or circumstances — or consequences of your problem-solving actions — only begets further problems and underlies the inherent conscious bias one’s applying to their problems in the first place. It’s like approaching every problem as a last-second, full-court length heave at the hoop instead of shooting free throws in an empty gym. One approach applies negatively connotated pressure to the situation. The other does not perceive any pressure to begin with. Both…