In Praise of People Who Fix It Immediately

James Walpole/ January 6, 2020

There is one subtle trait that can tell you a great deal about people: how long they take to solve problems.

Today my roommate/landlord dropped by on a short trip back to our place – mostly just to use the laundry machine. But when he heard my report of a water leak issue, he immediately went out of his way to purchase new lines and install them the same afternoon.

I knew he was a type A, responsible person but this wasn’t what I expected. And I found it deeply impressive.

Seeing a problem and not just fixing it promptly, but fixing it almost immediately, takes serious discipline and aggressive problem-solving energy that I hardly ever see. People like my roommate are probably not the kind of people who just live with problems.

This is an area in which I admittedly need a good deal of growth. I have put off my own fair share of problems in pursuit of other interests or in hiding from consequences or fear. But if I want to play at the level of greatness, I need to learn something from the people who see problems and fix them immediately.

Photo by David Siglin on Unsplash

James Walpole

James Walpole is a writer, startup marketer, and perpetual apprentice. You're reading his blog right now, and he really appreciates it. Don't let it go to his head, though.

0 Comment

Add Comment

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Strong Opinions, Sent Weekly

Stay in the know.

Get my best new essays and other occasional news, ideas, or projects delivered in nice, tidy packages once weekly.

Archives