Rule 32 and Alexander the Great

Rule 32. There is a solution to every problem.

I grew up with my mother telling me, “There are no problems, only solutions.” I never forgot it, but didn’t entirely agree. Problems do exist, but there are solutions for all of them. The underling principle to my mother’s credit is simple, you need to focus on finding the solution, not on the problem.


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Solution: A means of solving a problem or dealing with a difficult situation:

– New Oxford Dictionary

Though we don’t always like the solution, there always is one. Often the best solution is not what we think, like “Steer into the skid.” it’s not advice that makes sense to us, but works. Occasionally it’s risk management. What is the best option in a bad situation? Though we may not like the solution we are presented it exists all the same.

alexander the great

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One example I can think of  is Alexander the Great and the Gordian Knot. In 333 BC Alexander was wintering in Gordium, and in that town there was a knot that no one was able to untie. Alexander took the challenge upon himself and tried to untie it, unsuccessfully. Thinking, he drew his sword saying, “What does it matter how I loose it?” and sliced the knot in half.
This story proves the efficiency of “The Alexandrian Method.”

Here on the farm you can see that everyday, there’s always a problem coming up and you can’t always find the perfect solution for it. More often than not you need to become a little creative to  weather a bad situation.


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