# Problems vs. Solutions

What’s the difference of problems and solutions? If you asked me, I’d say the following:

- A problem is a known unknown. It’s our assumption that needs
**clarity.** - A solution is a known known. Its the facts we gain from having
**clarity.**

Clarity relies on the fact that our assumption is correct. Most of the time, our assumptions are wrong. Our assumptions might even solve a different problem altogether. Here’s a way you can think about problems further.

Being able to articulate a problem helps us gain clarity.

“A problem well-articulated is a problem half solved.”

Charles Kettering

The other half of the problem is designing a process that makes it possible for you to gain clarity of the problem.

You might notice that the main idea here is the idea of being able to communicate both a problem and solution is how we gain clarity. It is the result of our communication that brings clarity.

You can instead think of it as:

**Step 1:**Communicate the problem well.**Step 2**: Communicate the solution well.

If you can communicate both of these aspects well, you have gained **clarity** to the puzzle. You can prove your ability to solve any problem this way.