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The following is a guest post by ChopDawg.com, an award-winning app development company that has worked with over 180+ startups and companies from all around the globe, helping them bring their web apps, mobile apps, wearable apps and software ideas to life.

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One of my favorite things to do as an entrepreneur is to emulate those that I look up too.

I read a lot, especially biographies.

I’ll read on everyone who I have ever sought to be like. Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Walt Disney, Bruce Springsteen, Benjamin Franklin.

I’ll read books wrote by those who I find inspiring and captivating. Rework by Jason Fried, The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday, The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss.

When you read a lot, you’ll begin picking up a lot of trends of what made these people who they are, and more importantly, the similarities and characteristics that they are all share.

They all share one important character trait that I try to emulate and encourage everyone reading this to do the same.

It’s about focusing on the solution, not the problem.

One of the things we try to instill in all of our clients early on is that things happen.

Your product might have a critical bug early.

Something might happen that pulls your attention away and makes that item become urgent.

You might be pulled in a hundred different directions.

Things are going to happen and it is important, that as a partnership, we work through it together through open-communication, and most importantly, through focusing on the right things.

The solutions.

The problem is a problem, that is why it is called a problem. Once it is defined, dwelling on it will make no difference except for wasting time.

Who has time for that, right?

Those who remain focused on the problem, your energy gets feeble, your time becomes wasted, you become a soulless zombie, lost at sea all at the same time.

You’re probably getting where I am coming from now, right?

Yet it takes practice.

If in your life, you have grown up to focus on the problem, such as how I was, it isn’t easy to make that mental switch. You need to remind yourself often that focusing on the problem won’t accomplish squat.

So, focusing on the solution, it should be common sense why this is key.

Outside of solving the problem and keeping things moving at the end-game objective, you’re also producing results, you’re focused on utilizing your time most valuably.

This is what the most successful people, the top performers in the world, do and practice every single day. Problems don’t bring them down. The only thing that happens is that the solution brings them up.

Obstacles, challenges, problems will happen. It’s life. We will never have a smooth journey to success. Life doesn’t work that way. Instead, choose to embrace challenges.

Ignore the negativity and drama that comes with it, and remind yourself often, it is the solution that matters, it is the only thing that matters.

Everything else is an unnecessary roadblock.

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