I’m not the smartest or the most industrious guy in the world, which makes me wonder whyÂ I’m often compelled to try to solve various problems thatÂ spring up in my everyday life. I’m sure somewhere deep inside, I’d much rather beÂ looking atÂ porn, or eating cheese, orÂ doing anythingÂ besides toiling over a problem. Yet present me with a dilemma of some sort, and I’m on it like glitter on a teen vampire.
And the problems come in many forms; a personnel managementÂ issue at work, a logistical problem with a social gathering, a mechanical/computer issue, or even a crossword puzzle or logic problem on the web. Anything of the sortÂ canÂ draw me in.
Now, I’m not suggesting I’m great at solving things, but sometimes I find myself unable to easily walk away from a problem or puzzle, even when it looks as though there is no solution, and even when others have long since given up on it.
But what about you?
Where do you fall on the “I-Must-Solve-This-Or-I-Will-Never-Be-Happy-Again” scale? What complex problem are you most proud to say you solved? Have you ever just given up on a problem?
While you’re thinking about your answer, try your hand at this puzzleÂ (it’s embedded in an Excel file). Internet legendÂ says it’s an exercise for 2nd graders, so it should be easy.