Got a Problem? 13 Reasons Why You Want One

Have you ever found yourself in the midst of a crisis, and wonder how the heck you would ever make it through unscathed? I have. And I survived each episode and lived to tell about it, as I suspect you did, too.

Problems — from the everyday run-of-the-mill variety to the holy-cow-this-is-serious kind — aren’t all bad. In fact, there are a lot of good things that come from problems, too. Here are a few:

  1. You may learn something.
  2. You may be forced to think in a new way.
  3. You may find a new collaboration opportunity.
  4. You may get shaken out of complacency.
  5. You may get inspired to do better.
  6. You may gain a new appreciation for your limitations.
  7. You may finally get over a plateau.
  8. You may have to swallow your pride and ask for help.
  9. You may get a reality check.
  10. You may discover a strength you never knew you had.
  11. You may have to accept that you’re not perfect.
  12. You may get a chance to take some good advice.
  13. You may be reminded how fortunate you are.

While I wouldn’t recommend going out and creating a problem to enjoy some of the benefits, there is reason to let go of some of the stress and embrace the problem when you face it. After all, you never know what kind of breakthrough a problem will bring with it.

Have you experienced any powerful positive side effects from a problem lately?

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Alyssa is a digital strategist, content marketer, freelance writer and founder of the Small Business Bonfire. She's a team player, a team builder and not a bad leader, either. You can often find her on various social networks looking for remarkable people to collaborate with.


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  1. Every important lesson I’ve learned in business started with a problem, as you might expect. Most recently, it’s been, as a freelancer,to not let your billing schedule slip, as it will lead to uneven revenue flow, which, in turn, can lead to problems paying your business-related expenses.

    • That’s definitely a powerful lesson, Bobby. But even with on-schedule billing, the problem could potentially be clients paying late. Either way, there are certainly a lot of lessons from billing-related activities to be learned. Thanks for the comment!

  2. What a great reframe, Alyssa! No matter what comes up, no matter how long the day, how high the hill, or how deep the discomfort, we always make it through. And often a better person for it. Brilliant!

    • Thanks, Terri! It can be difficult to adjust our thinking when we’re in the middle of the challenge, but once we do, everything almost always gets better. (And you’re right — we often become better people from the challenge!)

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