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83 Problems

There once was a man who had a problem. He’d heard about a wise guru that had answers to difficult questions. He decided to find this man.
After a long and difficult journey, he ended up at a temple high on a mountaintop. He entered and found the guru meditating. The guru, sensing the man’s presence, opened his eyes and looked up.

Guru: Ah, I see you have a problem.
Man: Yes. That’s amazing! How did you know?
Guru: Actually, you have 83 problems.
Man: Oh my gosh! It’s worse than I thought! 83 problems! What should I do?
Guru: Solve them.
Man: OK… I guess I can work on that. When I solve my 83 problems, then what happens?
Guru: You get 83 more.
Man: @%#$@!!!
Guru: Actually, everyone, every single human being, has 83 problems, from the homeless peasant, to the leader of your country. And actually, some people have 84 problems.
Man: What’s the 84th problem?
Guru: The 84th problem when you believe that you’re the only person that has 83 problems. This is truly the greatest problem.

Do you have 83 problems? Great. Solve them. Do you believe you’re the only person that has 83 problems? Then you have 84. Solve that one first, then work on the other 83.