“Don’t find fault. Find a remedy.” – Henry Ford


It’s very easy to criticise or blame.

It’s very easy to see why someone’s idea might not work.

It’s very easy to say, after the event, “Ahah, what you SHOULD have done was…!” 

…but it’s often much harder to identify what steps could have been taken to prevent it going wrong in the first place, without the benefit of hindsight, harder to acknowledge the positive intention behind the idea, instead of listing a thousand reasons why it was a ‘bad’ one.

Whilst it’s often valuable to have insight as to why a fault exists, focussing solely on that does not contribute much to finding ways to make a decent idea a worthwhile one.

So, here’s the challenge – resist the temptation to be nothing more than the negative critic, or to offer little more than ‘whataboutism’. Both these approaches get in the way of finding the remedy, or, worse, can even actively prevent you from getting there; instead of the focus being on the solution, it can remain stuck on finding things wrong.

Instead, be the solver. Consider what positive contribution you can make to a proposition or idea. If you know that ‘x’ won’t work, consider if you can think of a ‘y’ alternative that might.  Rather than undermine their position by criticising, be supportive of the efforts of others and offer up ways that could improve a suggestion or could help them achieve their aims.

What problems are you involved with today? What challenges do you face, whether in a personal or professional relationship, or with a friend who has made a mistake? Instead of sitting back and only saying you could see the fault, what assistance can you bring towards finding the remedy?

Love and light,

Jim Sharman



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