# A big problem is the sum of many little problems.

### Any problem is a big problem when you feel like you can't solve it.

My dad used to tell me that any big problem is the sum of many little problems.

I can still see him, legs crossed on the couch, teaching me how to deal with tween drama.

I often think about it these days.

I’m in a few freelancers & writers’ groups on Facebook, and I see questions like:

*How do I get (my first/more) clients? *

*How do I get motivated to write every day? *

*How do I find the time/energy to write? *

Those may sound like common problems—you can find so much advice online—but any problem is a big problem when you feel like you can't solve it.

So let’s break down one of these.

**Big problem: I can’t find the clients I need.**

Smaller problems:

I don’t know where my clients go to look for the services I offer.

I know where my clients look for services, but I don’t know how to master those platforms.

I don’t know what my clients are looking for when they’re choosing someone to work with.

I don’t know what successful people in my field do to get clients.

It’s taking me more time than I thought to get the number of clients I want, which lowers my confidence & motivation.

Isn’t this easier?

If not, you can break down each of those problems further.

When I first started writing on Medium, I had no idea how to get traction. I broke down the problem into smaller problems and: learned what to write about, how to write it, where to post it, when to post it, and how the platform works.

I’ve started and stopped writing on the platform a few times, and it always takes me 3-5 months to get back to 4 figures.

Why? Because this method lets you build a strategy. When you have a good strategy, nothing can stop you.

So. Break it down. Solve one little problem. Then another, then another.

If you have a big problem you’d like me to break down, post it in the comments, and I’ll do it.

Happy problem-solving!

Maya