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Growth Strategies / Ask Entrepreneur

The Curse of the Problem Solver: You Can't Solve It All

Sometimes, you have to let some problems go unsolved.
The Curse of the Problem Solver: You Can't Solve It All
Image credit: 99designs
- Entrepreneur Staff
Editor-in-Chief
2 min read

This is an episode of our podcast, Problem Solvers. Each week, an entrepreneur reveals how they overcame an unexpected problem in their business -- and were happier and more successful as a result. The show is hosted by Entrepreneur’s editor in chief, Jason Feifer. Listen below, or subscribe on iTunesGoogle PlayStitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Patrick Llewellyn discovered that his design company, 99designs, was only fulfilling some of his customers' needs. He wanted to fill more, so he created a spinoff brand called Swiftly. But in doing so, he created a major problem for himself: He was stretching his resources too thin, and confusing customers about which brand they should use. In the end, he discovered the Curse of the Problem Solvers: Sometimes, you have to let some problems go unsolved.

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