There is no shortage of problems in today’s world. Consider reframing your relationship with them by welcoming them. Tough ask perhaps. Why do it?


  1. Tackling tough problems is the definition of leadership. You don’t need a leader when the solution is obvious or easy.
  2. Every problem provides a particular type of stress, and stress is bottled energy. Use the stress to create a breakthrough.
  3. Embracing problems is like working out at the gym. The more you do it, the better the results (as long as you take time to rebuild between).
  4. Going toward problems while others are running away puts you in a position to gain ground.
  5. The Regular embracing of problems reframes them through experience. You begin to understand they are opportunities for growth.
  6. Solving problems is expedited when you embrace the problem.

Of course, it’s easier said than done. That’s why it’s important.

Start with small problems – take the squeak out of the door before you take on world peace. Build up your capacity, one problem at a time. Build your skillset with each problem. Build your fortitude and persistence as you derive solutions. Give yourself a good pat on the back when you break through. Then look for the next, slightly bigger problem.

Find others who have handled the problem you are addressing. Learn from their experience. Cut your learning curve. Study the masters.

Those who become experts at tackling problems will not have less to be concerned about than others, but they will have an inner bounty of hope in the face of bleak times. Hope for the future is one of the great motivating forces in life.

“A problem is a chance for you to do your best.”
Duke Ellington