In adulthood, life presents us with challenges that are often neither simple nor straight-forward. Rather, they are complex – full of possible outcomes, variables and unforeseeable consequence or benefit. When we make correct choices we continue on in our life’s journey. When we don’t we tread in place, march backwards or simply twist in the wind.
To solve a Rubik’s Cube you must rotate individual squares in the proper sequence so that you end up having six sides with matched colors. One blue wall, one red wall, etc. There are 54 squares. There are 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 possible moves. Not so simple. And much like life’s challenges.
Google supercomputers determined that the Rubik’s Cube puzzle can be answered in 20 moves. It has been solved in a record 7.08 seconds. It took Graham Parker of Porchester, England 26 years. The estimated 27,400 puzzle-solving hours took a toll on his wrist and back according to Parker, and on his marriage according to his wife.
Will it take 7.08 seconds or 26 years? It’s usually up to you. Safe to assume the first person knew and executed the correct 20 moves, while Mr. Parker explored many of the 43,252,003,274,489,855,980 wrong ones. Much to the dismay of his wife, and at the cost of a lot of back and wrist pain. One wrong twist set him back hours. Repeated mistakes cost years. Much like life’s challenges can do.
Take time to learn the ‘right 20’. There are books, experts and a myriad of other resources that can help you. Others have faced the challenges that you are facing. Learn from their mistakes, and mimic their successes.