A few days ago I read Seth Godin's blog illustrating a Field Guide to the Meeting Troll. We all have one (hopefully, only one!) in our lives. What caught my attention though was this: Growth hackers look for a yes at every turn. The meeting troll thinks his job is to find the no.
I was talking to a friend of mine about having grown children and our desire, need, compulsion to fix their problems. We can't, of course, but it is necessary to sometimes hold yourself down to a chair and wrap yourself in chains not to jump in and find a solution. Which got me to thinking about what I am... sure I am a "growth hacker" looking for yes under every turn, but even more I am a solution hacker.
I look for solutions to problems. Any kind of problem. It is how I am wired.
Dinner needs to be on the table in 10 minutes? No problem, I can assess, create and make it happen.
Project is getting derailed by team disruptions? No problem. I can come in, share some quick skills that they can apply and the project can launch.
I have $15 and need to get a birthday gift, a quick snack and I need it in 20 minutes. No problem. I'll grab a card I have on hand, wrap up a bottle of beautiful organic olive oil and grab a chia bar at the counter. Done.
Water heater isn't heating water? I'll research possible problems on a plumbing forum, rig up a silver ice tea spoon and scoop out the mineral deposits that are causing it to not heat properly.
You get the picture. I am like a mini MacGyver without the cool gadgets or duck tape.
Every single problem is like a puzzle for me just waiting to be put together and it is the most fun I have. Every single time.
Sometimes it isn't my place to offer or do solutions - I'm learning that - but it is my super power and it takes everything I have to take off my cape and sit on my hands. Are you a Solution Hacker too?