Your Problem Isn't What You Think

How the '5 Whys' Can Transform Your Understanding of Problems

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Wise Words.

“You can fail at what you don't want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.”

Jim Carrey

7 AM > 7 PM.

It Isn't What You Think.

What you think is your problem isn’t your problem. It’s a symptom.

The symptom is like a leaf on a tree.

It’s only when we pull back from the leaf to the twig to the branch to the trunk to the roots that we can identify the real issue.

One proven way to uncover the roots is by asking yourself “Why?” five times.

Sakichi Toyoda, the founder of Toyota Industries, developed the “5 Whys” process in the 1930s.

Here’s how it works in a real-life scenario. Imagine your “problem” is:

You want to make more money.

Now, ask yourself "Why?" five times.

1. “Why do I want to make more money?”

I want to make more money, so money isn’t a concern in my life.

2. “Why don’t I want money to be a concern in my life?”

Because lacking money creates stress and anxiety.

3. “Why does lacking money create stress and anxiety?”

Because I have a family that I’m responsible for and I don’t want to let them down.

4. “Why don’t I want to let my family down?”

Because taking care of and providing for my family is the most important thing to me.

5. “Why is taking care of and providing for my family the most important thing to me?”

Because growing up, I experienced a lot of instability. I want to provide my kids with the stability and safety I never had.

As you can see, the first “why” isn’t enough.

Nor is the second, third, or fourth.

What you get with the fifth “why” are the roots. The real answer.

The real answer requires going beyond the surface.

What’s interesting about the fifth answer in this example is that making sure his kids experience stability and safety probably isn’t solely reliant on earning more money.

What he really wants is to be a stable and safe presence in their lives.

This is very different from just wanting to make more money.

It gets to the roots of what he really wants.

The “five whys” exercise is a game changer.

It can help you understand not only what you want, but why you want it.

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