The world is a fuzzy place. Most of our problems are hard to point at – look, there it is! Instead, we live in a gray zone most of the time. Accept it. You can never completely know everything about people – from an individual’s behavior, to a community’s challenges, to an organization’s opportunities.
No matter how much time you spend, you’ll always be left with unanswered questions. It can be incredibly frustrating, but don’t give up. People are worth the trouble – and helping solve real problems is worth wading through seas of ambiguity. Dig in and take the work as far as you can with the time you have. Don’t regret what you didn’t do. Celebrate all that you did.