There was a Facebook story or meme that went around before. It was a young person asking an old couple what their secret was to a long and happy marriage. Either the old lady or old man responded with, “We were born in an era where when things are broken, we don’t throw it away, we fix it.”
Pause and think for a moment, when was the last time you fixed something instead of replacing it or buying a new one?
If you remember something recently, good for you. If you can’t remember fixing something for a long time, then there lies the problem.
There’s no denying that we’re now in an era where everything can be easily and quickly replaced. We’re also in an era where most (not all) are made with sub-par quality which in turn wears off or breaks easily.
Everything is readily available to us.
Heels of your shoes worn out? Head to the shoe store nearby. Button of your shirt is missing? Head to a retail store nearby. Strap of your bag snapped? Head to a bag store nearby. Blender stopped working? Head to an appliance store nearby. If you don’t want to go out, well then, go to an online store and click away.
This attitude has trained us not to look deeper and find out what the cause of the problem is, analyze it and find a solution. Why do that? It takes so much time. Right?
So even in what we do, how we handle our relationships, we bail out on the first sight of a challenge.
Startup is stuck? Just forget it and start something new. New job’s not so fun? Quit and find something new. First fight with your partner? Break-up and move on.
We have got to get back to facing challenges, pausing, taking the time to think and analyze and fix things or transform it.
Stop being scared of challenges. Stop being lazy of thinking and solving. Be patient to fix and transform. The next time something breaks, try and fix that first before you throw it out.