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Puzzle-Making is Trending!

Puzzles are flying off the store shelves, and their sales have skyrocketed. The demand for puzzles is worldwide during this pandemic, and even puzzle-swapping has become “a thing.” Doing a puzzle with someone whose company you enjoy is not only mentally stimulating, but it is also a fun way to recreate. In the recent COVID shutdown, puzzles have made a comeback in our home. My wife and I have enjoyed the teamwork and lighthearted banter while puzzle-making. We welcome the excitement of having to hunt for that particular individual piece and laugh with the happy bursts of “WooHoo!” when we find that elusive piece. Experiencing the satisfaction of working together to solve a tricky area of the puzzle, and those energetic high fives are exhilarating.

Seeing a puzzle picture completed brings an inner sense of accomplishment. Puzzle-making can be a method of fostering conversations at family gatherings. We scatter the puzzle pieces onto a coffee table, and it isn’t long before people sit on the couch together —picking up and placing down puzzle pieces and easy conversations effortlessly ensue.

A puzzle is a game or toy, or it can also be a problem intentionally designed to test one’s ingenuity or knowledge. Merriam Webster defines the verb “puzzle” as: “To offer or represent to (someone) a problem difficult to solve or a situation difficult to resolve: to challenge mentally. Also: to exert (oneself, one’s mind, etc.) over such a problem or situation.

Putting together a puzzle is a potent metaphor for starting a business. Consider these similarities:

Preparation

You must first select a location to accommodate the size of your puzzle. Prepare the work surface, and make sure every piece, taken out of the box, is turned right side up. Initial preparations allow for the activity to begin. You know what you are dealing with and can focus on the challenge before your eyes. All of the pieces are “turned over, and right side up” before you launch out. A successful business plan’s fundamentals begin with thoughtful, necessary basics, and accurate assessments of one’s resources and abilities before the real building activity begins.

Setting Up the Framework

The best way to begin a jigsaw puzzle is to locate those defining, flat-bottomed pieces that form the puzzle’s frame and connect them to establish borders. Boarders give you the dimensions and boundaries from which to work. In the beginning stages of building a viable business, the guidelines and terms of service must be in place for people to understand “the big picture”; and contribute their talents towards the desired objectives.

Focus and Concentration Towards the Big Picture

As you begin putting a puzzle together piece by piece, you continually refer to the picture on the puzzle box, and so it is in our businesses. Everyone must always return to the clear objectives and work towards the big picture. We do concentrate and focus on small individual sections of our puzzle. However, it would be best if you still had the overall picture in view. Your end objective is to contribute your hard work to the same project that others are. Small pieces, which in themselves are nothing beautiful, turn into a business identity that others recognize and admire. There is no avoiding the tedious placing of a piece, and it is the only way you can achieve the desired final result.

Patience

It takes time and patience to put together a puzzle. Puzzle-making is not something that you can shortcut or “hack.” One particular piece must connect to another specific piece, and no substitute for that piece will do! Only then, after that, one piece is placed, can other pieces then be connected to it. Some puzzles are small, consisting of only 100 pieces; others can have 1000+ pieces or more and will require multiple days of concentration before finishing. For sure, Compumatrix has been one of those 1000+ or more piece puzzles! Long in the making, but we are now seeing the final pieces going into place, and the high fives are soon coming!

Teamwork

We are working together in unity towards a common goal. Competing or vying to out-do one another has no desired place in puzzle-making; wonderful camaraderie and encouraging solidarity fuels teamwork. Our business also works hand in hand with other partners. Let’s encourage our partners in their portion, and enjoy their encouragement to us, as we piece together our share. Celebrate their contributions, don’t envy them, for your teammates are working with you for your success and their own.

Diversity

People may approach putting together their little section of the puzzle in different ways. Some people focus solely on seeing the different kinds of shapes. That’s their specialty. They fit things together best in that method. Others are color specialists, and they focus mostly on coordinating colors and excel in matching the colors of puzzle pieces together. They can solve a difficult section of the puzzle that the “shape specialist” cannot and vice versa. In business, there are always different skill sets brought to the table. Applaud diversity and unconventional ways of approaching problems. We are all working towards the same coveted goal.

Missing Pieces

No matter how careful you are, there always seems to be those one or two pieces that are missing. A piece may have accidentally slid off the table, or as I so often wrongly say, (and has never once been the case), “This puzzle is defective! The manufacturers left the needed piece out of the box”! But then my wife places “that” piece, and we laugh about it. The puzzle must have those missing or hard to locate pieces.

Satisfaction and Joy

Lastly, there are always many high fives, a few shouts and happy dances, and lots of smiles when we finally place that last piece of a tedious puzzle! We did it! And we did it together! We leaned on one another’s unique skill sets, and there is a sense of real accomplishment. Were there moments when we felt like quitting and packing it back into the box? Sometimes. Let’s not kid ourselves, in business, and in all of life, there will be several frustrating times when we can’t find that “one elusive piece’. We feel as if we’ve been defeated and cheated. We’ve run empty on patience, and we think that we have wasted way too much time looking for a solution to that staring-us-in-the-face problem. You have not wasted anything. The solution “piece” IS there. Stay the course, and encourage those around you. It could unlock the gridlock of your own business.

We are near the end of completing an essential phase of our ultimate Compumatrix vision. Our business dreams will soon be propelled forward because of it. The excitement is compounding, and we feel new energy as the last pieces are identified and are in-hand. The times of the mad search, the questioning, and the uncertainty is over. Pray and prepare yourself! The final surge to finish what we began together is here, and nothing is puzzling about the blazing brightness of your future!  

About the author

Jeff is a Compumatrix member and contributor who truly enjoys researching and learning about all things crypto. He believes that digital assets are the future of money.

Comments

  1. Yes, puzzle-making has become a thing to do now that we are confined to our homes so much. I find myself doing those also, but I must admit, not the actual physical puzzles, but virtual puzzles on my iPad. What a good metaphor for building a business. They both share the same elements: preparation, patience, teamwork, and the satisfaction of accomplishing the goals. Just as here in Compumatrix, we continue to work as a team to reach our final goals.

  2. Wonderful blog, Jeff! This invokes some very fond memories of rainy vacation days around two really long tables. We had no TV & limited things to do, so when you couldn’t be on or in the water the choices were slim. I remember the cupboard where all those puzzles were stacked. The laughter, banter & friendships that started while working on those puzzles lasted a long time. Puzzles, online or off, give us the chance to find solutions to problems, be creative and learn when to take a break. I know through the years we have had many opportunities to be creative, work together to find solutions & learn to be patient with the process. All of this is learned through something simple yet challenging like a good jigsaw puzzle.

  3. awesome to see you back bringing life and an interesting twist to the the blog area — had not thought of the puzzle and how honestly putting one together is so very much like not just Compu but so many things that have taken place through out Life or at least my life –lol thanks JP appreciate the read — rj

  4. Oh wow, Jeff. This brought back memories of doing puzzles with my Mom and Dad and you are right each person brought their own skillset to doing large puzzles. I always found the corners first and then the straight edges to ‘frame’ my puzzle. Mom was the colour lady, she sorted through the pile of pieces to find all the green ones or the blue ones for example and while she sorted we attempted to create patches of colour, so there were puzzles within a puzzle eventually LOL. They were amazing times. Thanks for the memories.

  5. Jeff love his aritgos! Putting puzzles together is a really cool entertainment activity! I really like that. And the last paragraph you wrote is very stimulating! I can’t wait for this to happen. While we wait, we remain optimistic and faithful!

  6. Jeff your blog brought about much visualization for me. I could see the similarities between building a puzzle and the building of Compumatrix. Each piece is important, has to be precise and cant be forced. When a long sort after piece is found, a celebration happens. I could actually hear Gail and Erline cheering in my head just like when Compumatrix has a win!!

  7. Thanks, Jeff, last Christmas one of my sons sent me a gift which was a photo taken of myself and my two sons on holiday, and he got it made into a puzzle. It was a fun gift and reminded me of buying a 3000 piece jigsaw when I was in my late teens and living at home. Over a period of a few months, it was on our dining room table and when we were going to eat, we would put a table cloth over it.
    The idea was that when finished, I would make a frame, cut out a back and get glass cut to size so that it could hang on the wall as an unusual picture. As we finally got to the end we found one piece was missing and on inquiring at the shop we bought it from, we found that not only was it their last jigsaw of that picture but also the manufacturers as well. I ended up using a piece from another jigsaw, cutting it to size and colouring in.
    As a result, it became a great conversation topic as visitors would hunt for the piece that had been put in.
    It was a lesson in determination and initiative I think.

  8. Wow, Jeff, I realize we are living in a daily puzzle. We wake up visualizing our life, and each moment is a puzzle piece to our desired goal. When we complete one puzzle/goal, we know we can build another with confidence and joy. I also appreciate your reference to teamwork. Life is wonderful when you are collaborating with fun and joy. Success is fulfilling with the accomplishment of a team. Thank you Compumatrix team for our puzzle!

  9. I never had the patience to sit and put together a puzzle myself. I can see it would take lots of time and lots of work, sorting, searching, and trial and error. I can see how it relates to running a business though as that too demands much the same of a person.

  10. Wonderful “inspired Insights” that you had a photo taken with your two boys and it was made into a puzzle. How personal and how special is that ? I have never done that, but I want to look into that. What a wonderful gift that would be to send to relatives and friends for Christmas or their birthday or something. How special that would be……

  11. Great post Jeff. It brings me back to my younger years when I saw my parents making jig-saw puzzles. Sometimes very complicated ones. I didn’t do them myself so often but during the quarantine period that was caused by the Coronacrisis I make some. It was fun to do. I hope Compumatrix will be all the pieces in the right place very soon.

  12. We have often kept a puzzle going on a side table. Often I would sit down and put a piece or two together and someone would happen by then join me. It has often been a way to have a connection with others. It’s almost like magic (or magnets) when one is drawn into the activity.

  13. Puzzles – Seem I was born with a puzzle hanging on my crib .. Yes , we had puzzles in our home as long as I can remember, Those great big pieces for little fingers and now those 1500 to 3000 piece puzzles that we do in cold winters , now that has been replaced with doing these puzzles being house bound with the fear of corona-19. I look up in amazon the prices hoping to find a new one to bring home . They really have gone up in price ..So we now still go back to our old ones that are well used over the years . Some how we seem to never tire of the same old, same old ..

  14. Well now , seems I have always started my puzzle , edging first ,moving and shuffling the pieces of the puzzle around to find every single one of the edging before I started filling in the middle. Not sure if you all do the same or not ,but it is a habit I would not change. Love puzzles , more for the winter but now as I grow older seems I spend more time with them. Keeps this old girls mind busy.

  15. Excellent post Jeff – such a great metaphor for starting and working a successful business. Now it is easy to see if a step is missed or one section is done sloppily or carelessly, how that could be the place to pinpoint when troubleshooting your business problems. Any fights or name calling or bickering weren’t mentioned :), but again this can be all part of building a successful business – a great way of highlighting all the different personalities and how they can fit together!

  16. WOW…Jeff that was so insightful about something so common and yet so meaningful in our every day lives. It reminds me of a common commodity that we use every day and that is money and how it is used. Compumatrix is working to help folks around the world to better themselves, and to help make available a common commodity to create opportunities that would not be available otherwise. We may not all agree on the method of generational concept, but when the whole “puzzle” is completed, we will benefit from all the effort that was exhorted to put it into fruition.

  17. I bought two puzzles over the isolation period to pass time with my partner. Wow, what a challenge it was!

    We had to create our plan. Firstly, get the corners, then work along to connect the border. We then picked the main focal points of the puzzle and started connecting them together to bring life to the shell of the border. A few, hard, long days later, we finally accomplished it!

  18. I access puzzles on the internet and hate to think how many i have completed during virus lockdown. They do keep my aging brain active without too much stress. We also do a lot of crosswords from the morning papers including General Knowledge and cryptic. A great way of excercising the grey matter in the morning preferably with a nice cup of coffee.

  19. Jeff, this blog touches me and stirs my memories. Our family grew up with puzzles. There was always a puzzle out on the dining room table. Everyone just ate around it or found another spot. Your speaking about you and your wife made me long for those times of sharing again. I had a closet full of puzzles I just gave to friends at church. My sisters and I would trade back and forth so I had accumalated many. I have no one to do puzzles now because of COVID. But thank God for Compumatrix and the strong foundation they have established. Having this blog has also been a blessing for me. I always appreciate them.

  20. What a wonderful, optimistic article, Jeff! Being a puzzle-lover myself, I appreciate how you laid out the components of puzzle-assembling in a metaphorical way – it is indeed just like building a business such as Compumatrix! But I might add that this basic formula applies to ALL areas of life, really. And the fact that there is usually that inevitable “missing piece” of the puzzle – in games as in life/business – just adds to the intrigue, the challenge and if handled maturely, in the sense of overall enjoyment! 🙂

  21. Oh my gosh! all those puzzle pieces!! Reminds me of my divorce several years ago. My life felt like it was in about as many little pieces. I know from experience that it CAN be put back together and your strength to do so comes from your relationship with the creator. I know you are talking about how to relate this with business and I can see that too. It just hit me when I saw the image and recalled how without hope I once was. Not that way now thanks to Grace and getting my life ordered!!

  22. Let’s agree, our lives are puzzle, we try to solve many challenges which some make us very happy and others cause pain, I like the relationship of business too and that’s how we all grow in every area.

  23. It was an interesting subject you picked there Jeff.
    We can draw many parallels to our lives here.
    Like when a child starts with a few big pieces and everything comes naturally.
    As we grow older we add many pieces and sometimes we just see the small ones as problems and not the whole picture. Hopefully we manage to complete our life’s puzzle.

  24. oh it is amazing how so many reads through this blog area are intertwined and so easy to learn from and put so much of these great reads into practice in real world instances — this puzzle post is just so easy to see how puzzle making building is so integral a part of each moment we breathe and how life is just that — a puzzle in progress — thanks again JP great stuff —

  25. I liked your comment about seeing the big picture Eva. I was at the tennis courts yesterday and overheard a father talking to his little girl while leaving the tennis court. she must have only been about 5 years old. He said to her, “Well, I guess that’s what maturing is all about. Some mistakes you make in life are big, and other mistakes are very small. Those mistakes you made on the court were only just small insignificant ones. He was teaching her not to sweat the small stuff and see the bigger things.

  26. Most enjoyable Jeff. Puzzles are a great metaphor for Compumatrix & life in general. My wife & mother-in-law love doing puzzles & sometimes I get to play too.
    Must confess that I need to work on the patience part of doing puzzles, which clearly says more about me than puzzles. I shall certainly look at puzzles differently thanks to your blog.

  27. Puzzles have been a part of my life since my very early childhood and still is today.
    Funny thing I realized is , not everyone enjoys puzzles as much as I do, when my boys were younger
    they would throughout the day stop by the puzzle table to add a piece or two on a regular.We would spend hours as a family or with friends doing large puzzles. As they got older their participation declined. Puzzles require time,patience and concentration, none of which my boys adolescence years provided.Fast forward to present day, my youngest son has all kinds of jigsaw,word,blocks,digital,even 3D printer printed puzzles for his children…He said it stimulates the young mind in problem solving skills

  28. I knew someone years ago that worked from home. He had a young son at home that was a challenge to keep busy so he could get work done. One day, he handed him a complex puzzle of the World thinking this would keep him busy for quite a while. A few minutes later, his son returned with the puzzle completed. He asked him how he put it together so fast. His son responded, “You see, Daddy, the other side of the puzzle was a puzzle of a man. When I put him together, his World came together!”

  29. Funny this blog reminds me of my Mom she would put these huge puzzles together and pretty quick to and then one day I seen her looking at the back of one of the pieces and discovered they were all numbered…..lol I told her isn’t that cheating she did not think so you still have to find them it just makes it a little easier….I thought that was hilarious.

  30. What a great analogy to Compumatrix, Jeff. We are certainly at that stage of waiting for the last few pieces of the puzzle to be put together to “complete the picture”, then we will all be sky-rocketing to a wonderful and blissful future. And for sure, at that time, there will be many high fives, happy dances and lots of smiles.

  31. Wow Timothy, that is an absolute scream about your mother. How funny is that ? Sometimes I do wish I had some numbers to refer to on the back of the pieces when things get a little frustrating looking for that illusive piece. I guess we all have our ways of doing things right ? Kudos to your mom for keeping it a secret to most of you all that time. LOL

  32. Interesting blog Jeff.I also noticed to increase in sales of Jigsaw puzzles as well as Cross word puzzles and Sudoku .Even before the lock down in the place of my work we were provided with Puzzles which were laid out on large tables .people during their lunch break or waiting for the next job so utilized the opportunity to wind down with these puzzles and got theirI stress level down.I am addicted to Sudoku and Cross word puzzles.Am restless until I finish my quota for the day or else I can’t sleep at night.

  33. Wow, talk about memories flooding back with a wave of happy emotions. Our Christmas mornings always had puzzles among the gifts for our children when they were very young. The family times, while putting these together, was so therapeutic for all of us. It makes me sad to think of the children today who will never know the pleasure of spending quality time as a family. The completion of those puzzles was both a triumph and a letdown.

    Compumatrix has been a puzzle from day one. The pieces at times didn’t fit properly but we are blessed to have a founder who never gives up. The puzzle has grown into a size that we have only been able to dream about. In this crypto world, we can’t substitute another piece to complete our enormous puzzle. All of the pieces are coming together nicely and seems about ready to be framed.

  34. Funny to read this blog post. As a child, I made jigsaw puzzles and I also had a coloring book. Activities that are often done by children. Then school started and the university and these creative hobbies disappeared in the background. But now they are back. Especially the coloring books. I use them again these days. It sets my mind to rest.

  35. Yes Erline. I have come to see that puzzle making is really not about accomplishing the puzzle or bringing it to the end, but it’s the wonderful social aspect of working on it with others that makes it so enjoyable. There is such a comradely and celebration when someone finds that one piece that we all had been searching for for a long time.

  36. I like how this article took a seemingly simple task such as doing a puzzle and connected the processes used here to the processes we use in businesses such as Compumatrix. For example, as a young kid doing puzzles we learn all of these processes such as satisfaction, team work, and patience, and we use these qualities for the rest of our lives.

  37. Nice job of the analogy of puzzles to business. I have always loved jigsaw puzzles and have also spent many hours trying to place all of the pieces together over my lifetime. As I do not have room to spread puzzles out where I live, I have taken to doing jigsaw puzzles on my ipad. It is still fun and satisfying to finally see the picture complete. It is even more satisfying to see all of the pieces of Compumatrix coming together to present a whole picture that will last my lifetime and those who follow me.

  38. Gloria, I didn’t even know that you could do a puzzle on an Ipad. I would have to look into that. My wife and I have had a bit of trouble trying to find adequate space to do them too. We ended up clearing off a 2 X 4 foot folding table we have to be able to leave it up and do the puzzles on. I like being able to go into the room and just put a few pieces in when I have 10 or 20 minutes. Slowly, but surely they get done. Beats wasting time watching TV when there is nothing on. LOL

  39. I have neighbors that have a puzzle constantly out on a table and working on as they walk by or sit to rest. Myself, I enjoy word puzzles to try to increase my vocabulary. I use my iPad so I can access them easily at any time. I write many proposals and quotes through my present job and the word puzzles seem to help me think clearer and broader.

  40. What a lovely topic, I belong to a circle of friends who all puzzle, so puzzles come nd go along with a list , we all add our names at the completion of the puzzle, though usually I am last on the list, because after me I parcel them up and send them to a housebound friend in the Netherlands, she cries out for them, she can complete a 1000 piece one in roughly three hours. To keep costs down I cut out the picture from the box and tape it to a sealed bag of pieces I then can send three puzzles in one box for about ÂŁ7.50 one on its own costs me ÂŁ4.50!!! Any I have not sent usually go into my brothers car when he comes to visit, and he delivers them when passing through on the way to Germany. So puzzles are big business in this household.

  41. I like what you said Bruce about puzzles helping you to keep your thinking clearer and broader. My wife and I truly believe that when we use puzzles or even play games like scrabble it truly engages our minds and helps to keep them sharp. I have an uncle die at age 92 and he was the sharpest 92 year old I had ever met. He did puzzles and played cribbage almost daily.

  42. Wonderful blog Jeff. Often we enjoy puzzle game.I think the puzzle is a brain sharpening and incredible learning  tools. I remember for math skills the math teacher would give us the arithmetic puzzle It was teamwork that showed the patience of each team. It’s a fun thing you can’t get rid of, It’s a lot of fun to enjoy.compumatrix is a puzzle in which we are working as a team and will benefit from it in the future.

  43. I think that is the whole joy of what has been going on for years Zahra. Is the enjoyment of all working together on this. I know that Henry and the Devs are the ones tirelessly always working in the background 24/7 but we members are faithful to do what we can do as our little part. No one will be able to say, “I” did it through Compumatrix. They must conclude that “we all did it” in the end.

  44. Puzzles are both soothing and gymnastic for the brain. I have put together several puzzles after this pandemic outbreak. I cannot make my own puzzles, but some of the ones you can buy have such beautiful motifs that I want to frame them and hang them as paintings. It would be a nice reminder of what I did while waiting for the Compumatrix launch.

  45. I’ve never framed a puzzle BrittMari, but I have always thought that would be neat. Especially if you were to get one of those photo puzzles that one other member mentioned of your family or something. I suppose, to frame one, you would have to resign and never being able to do that puzzle again. We find that some puzzles are too hard and we have even ended up stopping and not finishing. We had a cheep 500 piece dollar store puzzle where the picture was just the picture of a pizza. All the topping and fixins of the pizza were all the same. It would horrendous.

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