This is from designer Ayse Birse in an article about designing your life and achieving any goal. You too can be can be a designer who solves any problem — in other words a next-level problem solver that believes in a world of possibilities, solutions, and goodness in the world.
What I call a next-level problem solver combines technical skills and leadership skills in order to:
- recognize the constraints,
- think differently,
- understand that conflicting ideas can all be true
- be optimistic with a smidge of healthy paranoia and pragmatism
- work hard and smart
- create relentless focus
- take radical responsibility for the results
Too many people rely on just their technical knowledge in order to solve a problem. Others may rely only on leadership skills. When you combine both, the list above becomes possible. And the world of new results reveal itself.