Root Causes

Root causes. I’ve been saying that word too many times, and it sounds funny now.

I think the most difficult thing about digging down to the core problem of many issues, is patience and hard work.

Essentially, I view this as problem solving: the problem that you’re trying to solve is getting to the root cause.

It reminds me of how sometimes the tiny chain of your favorite necklace gets knotted and tangled. Sometimes it’s a quick and simple fix, other times it’s a little more painstaking. If you’ve never untangled a knotted necklace before, then you’re more likely to quickly attack it expecting to untangle it fairly easily. If already experienced untangling a necklaces before, you inwardly groan and ask your boyfriend/best friend/mother/father if they can “help you out for a second…”

The reason why one would dread having to untangle a necklace is because they’ve done it before and they know that it can take FOREVER. Once you untangle one knot, you realize there are four more underneath it. Also it’s not only knotted, but it’s twisted and bent in some places. Sometimes you work out a knot but that actually makes two more knots and you’re in worse shape than when you started. In other words it’s a complete nightmare.

This is how I feel about problem solving in general. I prefer the quick and easy fixes, but occasionally you get the gnarly problems. The quick and easy fixes are satisfying and you feel like you’re doing a good job. The gnarly problems are a lot more trying, and that is why I think patience and hard work are the most difficult thing about root causes.

I think it requires patience, because you’re not always going to be able to find the main problem or solution over night. Often times your first ideas aren’t going to be your best, and you’re going to have to revise and edit, re-evaluate, and sometimes you scrap it and start over from scratch. Problem solving is not for the faint of heart.

I also think it requires hard work because, like previously stated, the solution is not always going to immediately but it’s going to take hours of your day, it’s going to cost you other life experiences, it’s going to be a sacrifice. It’s going to be a difficult journey, and you may not always be “successful” in the original way you envisioned.

However, going back to the necklace analogy and I’m being totally honest, once you FINALLY untangle that necklace, it literally is one of the best feelings in the world. Well, at least to me. Whether it happens over the course of minutes, or a couple hours, or you start and finish during the course of a month, it’s awesome and it was worth it.

Patience and hard work. Ya dig?