Did you know that more times than not, we get paid based on the way that we think? As I have had certain paradigm shifts concerning my career, I know that I am paid greatly to solve problems. The greater my approach is to solving problems, the more value I create for myself. One of the EQ competencies is problem solving. What does EQ have to do with problem solving? Immediately when we are faced with a problem we go to the limbic part of our brain where our emotions are derived from. How do you respond to problems? Fear, anger, passivity, manipulation, confrontation or avoidance? A low EQ keeps us in that limbic system instead of the cognitive part of our brain. Remaining in our limbic system keeps us emotional and our thinking is very negative. We are not able to be reasonable and in many cases when we are seeing our problem through our emotions, we are most likely believing a lie about our current situation or not seeing it clearly. When I am emotional, I am not capable of making good decisions and most likely it will be a decision that I will regret. When I improve my EQ, I increase my ability to default to my cognitive part of my brain and see my problem logistically and separate myself emotionally from the problem.
It is so important to be a good problem solver because we are constantly having to make decisions. Also, people tend to do three things when faced with a problem: they get afraid or uncomfortable and wish it would go away; they feel that they have to come up with an answer quickly and it has to be the right answer; or they look for someone to blame. Being faced with a problem becomes a problem. And that’s a problem because, in fact, there are always going to be problems! That is why an employer needs you to be an effective problem solver. A good problem solver helps the environment be conflict friendly and conflict competent.
“Do not focus on money, instead focus on a problem that needs to be solved for the world..money will follow you as a bi-product.” ~ Manoj Arora