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Bail Water While It’s Still Ankle Deep

Problem Solving Qoutes Bail Water While It’s Still Ankle Deep

Bail water, while it’s still ankle deep, is a West African Igbo Proverb whose meaning warns us not to ignore our problems because they grow and become bigger problems over time.




Bail water while it’s still ankle deep is a West African Igbo Proverb whose meaning warns us not to ignore our problems.


Bail water while it’s still ankle deep  - West African Igbo Proverb




Leaders solve problems and stop them before they get too big



It happens to even the most seasoned people. You are excited to embrace new challenges and you have visualized success at the end of the road. Here is how some leaders think about problems and how you can learn to overcome them before they get too big.

A positive attitude may not solve your problems -- but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. – Anonymous


A problem is a chance for you to do your best. – Duke Ellington


All problems become smaller when you confront them instead of dodging them. – William F. Halsey


Do not bother people for help without first trying to solve the problem yourself. – Colin Powell


Each problem that I solved became a rule, which served afterwards to solve other problems. – Rene Descartes


Giving up is the most painful way of solving a problem. – Anonymous


 If you are unable to understand the cause of a problem, it is impossible to solve it. – Naoto Kan

 Inside of every problem lies an opportunity. – Robert Kiposaki


It isn’t that they cannot find the solution. It is that they cannot see the problem. – G.K Chesterton


 Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced. – James Baldwin


Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines. – Robert H. Shuller


Problems are nothing but wake-up calls for creativity – Gerhard Gschwandtner


Problem-solving leaders have one thing in common: a faith that there’s always a better way. – Gerald M. Weinberg


Running away from a problem only increases the distance from the solution. – Anonymous


 Sometimes problems don’t require a solution to solve them; Instead they require maturity to outgrow them. – Steve Maraboli


There is no problem outside of you that is superior to the power within you. – Bob Proctor


We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. – Albert Einstein


We fail more often because we solve the wrong problem than because we get the wrong solution to the right problem. – Russell L. Ackoff


 Your ability to solve problems and make good decisions is the true measure of your skill as a leader. – Brian Tracy



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