SOURCE: Entrepreneur Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr.

March 07, 2016 09:00 ET

5 Ways to Be an Effective Problem Solver

Noted Entrepreneur Offers Advice for Future Generation of Business Leaders

PORTLAND, OR--(Marketwired - Mar 7, 2016) - Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr., America's foremost diversified entrepreneur, shares five ways to be an effective problem solver. Pamplin encourages every business person to approach problems without thinking of what the probability is that it can be solved, but rather thinking positively and believing that there is always a solution.

"When it comes to problems, I have shunned the word 'impossible,'" said Pamplin. "I am in favor of believing any problem has a solution, we just haven't found it yet. Effective problem solvers know that each try and failure just brings you closer to a solution."

Pamplin outlines the following five ways to be an effective problem solver, a key trait of all successful entrepreneurs:

1. Remember: every question has an answer. Take the word impossible out of your vocabulary.
2. Identifying the problem is the first and easiest part of finding the solution. Avoid going in circles with no direction.
3. Break free from the norm and be innovative in your solutions. Be brave and exercise forward thinking.
4. Take the "Double O" approach and utilize optimism and opportunity. If you are optimistic about a problem, you automatically give yourself the opportunity to solve the problem.
5. Challenge yourself. Viewing a problem as a challenge with confidence and a willingness to seek a solution is an essential trait of any successful entrepreneur.

Pamplin's "Why I am an Entrepreneur!" Part 1 and Part 2 book series is available to view or purchase at and includes these tried-and-true techniques for becoming an effective problem solver, as well as other practical advice for young business women and men as they embark on their professional journey.

For more than 50 years, Pamplin has been dedicated to entrepreneurship and inspiring others to embrace possibility and make positive changes. To learn more about Pamplin and his entrepreneurial endeavors, visit and

About Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr.
Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr. has earned eight degrees -- including two doctorates -- in business, economics, accounting, education and theology. He has been honored nationally as a businessman, philanthropist, ordained minister, educator, historical preservationist and author of 23 books and comic books, including two book-of-the-month club selections. Pamplin's business interests include media (the Portland Tribune and 25 community newspapers), textiles, construction and agriculture. He has been awarded many honorary degrees and featured in national magazines, in newspapers and on television. He has served on presidential and state commissions, and he has been chairman of the board of trustees of three colleges. Pamplin is widely recognized as America's leading historical preservationist and foremost diversified entrepreneur. For more information, visit For more information about Pamplin's preservation efforts, visit

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