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If you are a great professional, you work, and you work hard to make the money that you make, then today’s podcast episode is for you. Happy Saturday morning to you welcome back to success with Srini. Topic of money, I have not touched as much on this podcast ever, ever since we started this as a daily podcast. I did a few episodes here and there. But this is not a money podcast. So I don’t really go there. But when a question comes in somebody a listener asks a question or a part of some conversation, I take that as a responsibility to answer here. Today’s topic, how to make more money, this topic I already addressed in one of the podcast episodes just a few weeks ago. But then again, soon after that. Recently, just about like two days ago, I was on a consultation call and this topic came up, if I could make a bit more money a little bit more money, then I can deal with my situation with my problems in a better way. So I thought maybe I should kind of talk about this today. So let’s get into this.
The question is this. The question is, what can I do to make a little bit of money? And I don’t know why a little bit more money? Is it just not? Doesn’t make any sense. The question is, to make a lot of money. That should be the objective, that should be the goal. But when you say I want to make a little bit more money, then that means you don’t want to change your effort level, you don’t want to change your commitment levels, you don’t want to change your approach, keeping everything as a constant, you want to make some money, and you know, within deep within yourself that when you keep everything constant, then the possibility of you making a lot of money doesn’t exist. And that is where this question is coming from. By the way, this question is not from someone who texted me or emailed me this is from a conversation from a discussion. So let me reflect back on my own story, which I have done here multiple times. Years and years ago, I was in this situation myself where I wanted to make a little bit more money. And because I was new, and I did not know how to frame my question, I always thought that if I could simply make about three to $400 more, then many of my problems will go away. I will so this is such a silly thought $400 more a month, and my policy goes away. So you can imagine the level of thinking there and how naive and how in the center, I was thinking like that, only to realize a few years later, that no matter how much money we make, our problems are not going to go away. So I’m saying this year, I have said this here multiple times. And I have also heard other people say this too, which is if you cannot solve your problems without money, you can never solve your problems with money. Money is an easy target. Problem-solving involves a whole different mindset. And I don’t think money contributes at a level that otherwise we have. Or we are believing that it does, or we have been told to believe that it does. So that’s it. Years ago, I had this issue with this challenge. And I spoke to I asked someone, someone who was who I looked up to, let’s say is a mentor or let’s say he’s a coach. So I asked him, I said, What can I do? And this was the first time I asked him he did not respond to me. And two months later, I went back to him and said to have the same struggle, same problems, what can I do? And how do I make money? And this discussion happened over about six to seven months, multiple times. I went to him multiple times we had conversations and at some point. And I remember the last conversation I had with him. He said, If you keep on solving small problems, you will only make small money. So to make big money, you have to solve big problems.
I somehow couldn’t place it at the time. I thought I was solving the problems. I’m in a company. I’m working with a great title. And a lot of people come to me asking questions and I am in demand, I have a skill that is in demand. And I see a tremendous amount of potential. And that was my mindset. So, I never could really comprehend the answer. But when I look, and I look back on I see, you know, I’m amazed by the depth of that answer. By the way, this was pre-social media, this was pre, like, not pre-internet, but post-internet, but not internet at that level. This was the time when AOL, we used to receive AOL CDs at home. And every time an email would come, you know, you can hear you got mail, something like that. If you’re that old, you can relate to what I’m saying. So this was then, and there was no internet available. If you wanted faster internet, then you need to go to AT&T back in the day, it was Pacific Bell, where I used to live. And I had to get what is called an ISDN line like two lines so that my computer my internet is fast back then this was then. And so there was not that much access to information. But today, this concept of solving big problems so that you can make big money, that concept is rinsed and repeated all over the internet. So it’s not something if I say this, as you’re listening to this now, it shouldn’t be coming to you as a surprise. But the way I’m saying that, is because I experienced it as a surprise back then.
Now, when I look into what I do today, I don’t think that I solve any big problems. I’m not solving the world hunger problem, I’m not solving the energy crisis, I’m not solving the global warming, I’m not solving wars between countries. I don’t think I’m solving problems at that level. I don’t think I’m solving problems that are any which way closer to me, the things that I see happen on a day to day life, for example, the traffic problem and driving, I see traffic, my mind doesn’t go, what can I do to solve this traffic problem. There are so many such issues, for example, water problems, so many such things. I mean, it’s very difficult even as I’m recording Nazma saying it, it’s difficult for me to even from the top of my mind, I can’t but I do experience many problems on a day-to-day basis, which I should be solving. If somehow I can solve them, then I’m doing a favor to everybody because everyone is going through it in some shape or form because I’m going through it. And hence because I’m not solving problems at that level, my income doesn’t reflect that. But I knew this concept for a long time. And I was looking to solve big problems. But here is the biggest or I would say, the missing piece, the missing puzzle in all this. See, solving problems, problem-solving. Some people have this gift. Some people are born with the ability to solve problems over time, naturally because of existence, and because of experiences, they acquire that skill. But very few people know that problem-solving is a skill that can be learned. And this is something that I couldn’t figure out for a long time. It took me a while before I really started believing that yes, problem-solving is a skill and skill that can be learned skill that can be mastered. Now, once you start learning the skill, you start applying the skill in one area of life, and you can move it to other areas of your life also, which is very interesting. Very, very interesting. Now, what I want to do is I want to share with you a simple plan on how you can without going into expensive training or without really going through a lot of struggle can put forward a system in place at your own level within which you can start solving your problems or approach your problems with that framework. So here’s the framework. This is not mine. Again, this is something that I learned so I’m just sharing it with you. If it works for you. Give the credit to whoever created it. If it doesn’t work for you then blame it on me because I did not do A good job of explaining this to you on this podcast took as little blame goes, on me, credit goes to the Creator. Okay? As I said, problem-solving is a learnable skill that you can learn. But for that to happen, you need to put yourself in a position to love it. Very simple. Okay?
Now, and by the way, every time we encounter a challenge, and every time we encounter an issue in our life, our brains by default, try to solve it, we naturally try to solve our problems, and that’s the existence that’s survival. That’s how mankind has come this far. But very rarely, do we think of solving other people’s problems, we may, some of us succeed in solving other people’s problems. But then beyond that, we really don’t have the time or the energy or the, or the line of sight to solve the problems that the society we encounter. And beyond that, also, as humanity, we encounter very few people who think of solving problems at a humanity level. But everybody’s trying to solve problems at their own level. So that’s how the brain by default works. The framework is very simple. First and foremost, in order for you to solve any problem, you need to define the problem. And this is where most people really don’t, they don’t know how to define a problem. So that’s where they usually start with defining the problem. And once you define the problem, you start to understand the problem. So people write a jump in to solve it. Whatever problems you have, you know, you’re encountering a problem, you’re trying to solve it right away. And when you do that, then chances are, you haven’t yet developed understanding and you’re trying to solve it, when you try solving it, you’re going to expense, your energy and other resources you have. And once you expense them, it’s very difficult to get them back. And the longer it takes for you to get back the resources or build up the resources for one more time before you can solve it again. Now we have given more power to the problem, the problem is going on you. So it’s not that simple. That’s how it works. So you have defined the problem, once you define it, you need to understand the problem, and then come, okay, what are some of the solutions that I can develop for this problem? And a good problem will have tons of solutions. There’s not one, everybody’s looking for that one solution. But a problem, a good problem will have a ton of solutions. Now the challenge becomes saying which solution should I try first. And this is where the spirit of implementation comes in, you pick one solution that you think it’s going to work implemented, get the results, study the results if it makes sense, then you have now succeeded, that’s good. And if the solution doesn’t work, now go get the second 1/3 1/4. One. And that’s, you know, you keep applying, evaluate the result, and move on. Now, here is the tricky part, while you are looping through this, finding a solution, applying the solution getting the result, and the result is not in your favor, then you go back and try, you know, second, third, fourth solution. This is for one problem. Now look at life, life is in the meantime, and life is creating more problems for you. So this is a vicious circle, it’s very difficult to really get hold of. So you have you’re trying to solve a financial problem, suddenly you have a health problem, suddenly, something else. And within finances, you’re just solving one small issue. But other issues do exist in the overall space of finance. So you’re trying to solve an income problem, then you have an investment problem, you have a savings problem, you have a distribution problem. I mean, it just, it just never ends. And it’s what is called life. And it ends when we end and we are not ending soon. So this is as long as we have it all here. And as long as we are here. This is all that is going to happen to us. And we have to happen to live. But there’s one good thing from all this, which is as you keep on applying solutions.
And regardless of which solution works for which problem, at what pace at what frequency at what point in time, you become good at this. You become smarter at this. And you seem to have a level of competence with which you now feel that yes, you can solve anything. And the keys there are the keys to attaining that level of confidence. That’s all seen there are probably that cannot be solved. But just because you attempt at solving them, you should get credit for that. And the attempt in itself is a testament to your courage, your, intensity, your understanding of your character, and all that. So, coming back to the question, simple, if you’re not making money, and you want to make more money, and you want to, I suggest you look into making more money, and not just about some money, a lot more money, go look for problems that are bigger than what you’re solving.
Now, I’m not telling you to take problems at the humanity level but to solve it. Maybe at the interpersonal level, that’s where I focused by the way, what can I do to solve interpersonal problems? And that is how this coaching happened. That’s how all these things happened. But I was good at that space, at least in my mind. And I said, Okay, I feel good about this. Let me focus on this in this area, that’s all. Now you can take these principles. And once you start succeeding, within your space, you know, take that and go to other areas. Yeah, of course, and concepts are the same, and intervention at a family and family level. Good. Also, the same principle of intervention applies if you’re trying to solve a community-level problem. And a community load problem. From there, you can apply the same principle, same similar, same intervention technique to solve a humanity-level problem, or humanitarian problem, whatever. So you get the idea, you get the concept. So go change the problem, define the problem, understand the problem, come up with some solutions, apply them, check the result, and analyze the result. And then you start now, building this problem-solving mindset. A few weeks ago, I think a few months ago, I did a podcast where I said, I was doing this thing I said, this uber driver, who was making a good amount of money, he made a point to me, he said, I loved the money. I love freedom, but I don’t like what I’m doing. Because this doesn’t allow me to engage the part of my brain that is designed to solve problems. I go from point A to point B, and I’m done. But I cannot solve problems. And I’m not doing anything. So because I’m not doing I’m not solving problems. from within. I’m dying. So I like the money. I like the freedom but I don’t like that. I’m not using my mind. Which was profound. Okay, the fall. Have a wonderful Saturday. This has gone way beyond. I’ll talk to you Manana. Stay tuned.