Success Brings Its Own Set of Problems

I used to think, If I can achieve success, my problems will go away. The reality is that success creates a whole new set of problems.

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I have just been reminded of this with the launch of my new book. I don’t know how it will ultimately shake out, but the first three days have been very successful.

The book has been #4 or #5 on Amazon all week and as high as #5 on Barnes & Noble. The only thing tracking higher are the Shades of Grey novels. (Ugh.)

By almost any standard, the launch has been a success. It has certainly exceeded my expectations.

But it has also created some problems:

  • The special bonus offer has buried my assistant, Tricia, in e-mail from people who have problems or questions.
  • Thomas Nelson, my publisher, is running low on inventory, because they didn’t expect the book to do as well as it has. (Trust me, I sat on their side of the desk for years as a publisher, so I know how difficult it is to forecast demand.) Some retailers are showing it out of stock.
  • I have added so many people to my e-mail subscriber list that MailChimp shut me down yesterday. I had to pay several hundred dollars to upgrade my account to accommodate the additional volume.

Why am I sharing this? Because I don’t want you to become discouraged when you start succeeding.

Most of us accept the fact that failure brings problems. But sometimes we are surprised that success does too. As a result, it is easy for us to become ungrateful or cynical.

The truth is that problems are inevitable. They are good for us. They force us to stretch and grow.

Maybe we should welcome them … okay, maybe I’m going a little over-board.

Regardless, I much prefer the problems that come with success than the ones that come with failure—and I’ve had plenty of both! How about you?

Question: What success “problems” have you experienced? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
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  • Patricia Zell

    Lots of papers from high school seniors to grade.

  • Jon Stolpe

    The “people” problems of having direct reports (I wouldn’t trade it).

    • Michael Hyatt

      I wouldn’t either. I love people-development.

  • Joe Abraham

    Before I answer your question, Michael, I want to say THANK YOU for writing the new book! I have already started reading the pdf copy of that since it seems it will almost take more than a month for me to get the hardcover edition here in India through Amazon. The content is rich, understandable and applicable! And the videos add more clarity to the book content. I believe this book (+ the special offer) is an marvelous tool to anyone who wants to build a platform! 

    Coming back to the question, it may appear paradoxical when ‘success’ and ‘problems’ are put together. However it is true that success brings along a different set of problems other than that of failure. 

    I do have ‘success problems’ in my career. Since we run different inspirational events every year, participants expect to experience the same or better quality in the next event. Hence one ‘success problem’ I face is the responsibility to continuously provide quality events. It’s not easy. But it is better than the problem of having no momentum at all!

    • Rachel Lance

      Thanks for the comment, Joe, glad you’re loving the book! Your first paragraph sounds like the start of a great review for Amazon!
      Your success/problem duo is a great example. It’s good you’re aware of that responsibility to grow and improve your events each year. Keeps you on your toes and always pushing to be at the top of your field.

      • Joe Abraham

        Review? Thanks, Rachel. Well, I thought of writing a review after reading the entire book (pdf). 

        About the ‘success problem’, what you said is true. It keeps me moving forward for the best. So it’s a blessing in disguise!

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Joe. I understand the challenge of providing quality events. I face a similar challenge with content.

      • Joe Abraham

        True, content is king. Without king, there are no subjects! :)

        I think both event and content have similar success principles. We have a saying that we often quote among our team: “the quality of your performance shows the quality of your preparation”. So we prepare well to provide a class performance. And that’s the same with providing quality content.

        • Tim Peters

          I like that Joe – “Without a king, there are no subjects.”

          • Joe Abraham


        • Jim Martin

          I like your quote Joe – “the quality of your performance shows the quality of your preparation.”

          • Joe Abraham

            It really helps us do a better job. Thanks, Jim.

  • Joey Espinosa

    When we did our spring break camp for kids, and now as we have registrations for summer camp, the more kids we have, the tougher it is on leadership and volunteers. But having more kids is definitely a success.

    • Michele Cushatt

       Yes, definitely a good problem to have! What kind of camp is it, Joey?

      • Joey Espinosa

        Mix of education, arts, sports. Something for kids to do in this rural and impoverished area.

        • Jim Martin

          What a great opportunity for these kids, Joey.  Wow!

          • Joey Espinosa

            It sure is. We’re glad to be a part of it.

    • Tim Peters

      Joey, I remember those days from working with students.  You work extremely hard to sign up kids and when you do you have to on hunt to find adults.  Good problem to have but definitely tough.  

    • Joe Abraham

      I agree with you, Joey. More campers mean more work. But that’s the thrill!

      • Joey Espinosa

         Absolutely! Before we start, I’m always thinking, “How are we going to do this?” When we’re done, we’re exhausted, but I know that it was well worth it.

        • Joe Abraham

          True. Great work, Joey!

          • Joey Espinosa

            Thanks, Joe.

  • Cyberquill

    Luckily,  thus far I’ve been spared success and all the headaches it entails. 

    • Kari Scare

      How have you managed that?

      • Cyberquill

        I don’t know. I think I have good genes.

        • Michael Hawkins

          Can I just say (yes, I can) that your comments make me chuckle every time I read them.  As one mega-fast-food restaurant proclaims, “I’m lovin’ it.”

          • Cyberquill

            But can you have it your way, and is it everything you love about breakfast?

  • Tara Hamdi

    Thanks for this nice Blog, I agree with most of what you said, If I werent so busy with my 3 daughters, I would have had more sucess in some of the projects at hand.

    Tara Hamdi

    • Michele Cushatt

      Success with your 3 daughters is significant, and worth the time and investment, even if it’s sometimes tough to let those other projects go for a time.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Nothing is more important than being successful with your daughters.

    • Michael Hawkins

      Tara – I’m presenting a speech to my son’s 6th grade class tonight.  My opening remarks begin with the fact that I’ve worked for some pretty fantastic companies, but parenting is my most important job.

      I hope you agree.  : – )

    • Jim Martin

      Perhaps there will be a day when you have more time for the projects that you would like to do, Tara.  It does sound like you are making a real investment in your daughters.  

  • Kari Scare

    I think I sometimes limit myself because of how overwhelmed I feel when I’m successful. Had that with my last job. I was quite successful and became overwhelmed and burned out because of the overload. Don’t want those feelings again at all. Don’t want to limit my success as a writer either, but there is this part of me that holds back, I think. Fear? Maybe.

    • Michele Cushatt

      This is a great comment, Kari, and one I connect with. I get overwhelmed by success, or at least the busyness that comes with it. Knowing I don’t always manage it well, I can have that same tendency to hold back. What would it take to push forward? A plan with good boundaries? Accountability? A timeline? A try-it-for-6-months-and-see approach? I’d love to know what you do.

      • Kari Scare

        I take an 80/20 approach to life. I try to keep only 80% of my calendar scheduled (at most), and leave the remaining 20% mostly for down time but also for those times when busyness increases for a season and especially for God to move “extra” in my life. I deliberately analyze my calendar weekly and make sure I’m not too busy. If I have an extra busy week, I make sure the next one is not so busy. This means getting good at saying “no” or “not this week.” I keep my commitments few and simple, trying to be an expert in a few rather than master of none. This is some of what I do. I crashed so badly from being over-busy and not handling success well that I am motivated to never return there again.

        • Michael Hawkins

          Kari – Your comment describes one of the best work/life balance approaches I’ve ever read.  Seriously. 

          I’m going to print it out and tuck it into my day planner for future reflection when I’m feeling a bit out of control.

          Thanks for sharing.

          • Kari Scare

            Wow! Thanks. The approach is the result of a difficult journey over the past several years, which began with overload and total burnout. I am so glad I went on the journey though. “Overload Syndrome” (Swenson) and “Health Care You Can Live With” (Morris) are two resources that gave me a lot of ideas.

        • Jim Martin

          This sounds like such a great practice, Kari.  I really like this.

          • Kari Scare

            Painful process but well worth it.

      • Joy Groblebe

        Good boundaries?  Working at home, that’s a foreign concept to me….gotta work on that one.

  • Jessica

    From my perspective your service was extraordinary.  I had a Fedex employee at my door with the book in tow the day after I ordered it.  YES!

    • Michael Hyatt

      I am so glad to hear that!

    • Tim Peters

      Glad you received book.  Let us know what you think after reading.  

  • Gareth Mulholland

    As the owner of a growing business I’m concious that entrepreneurial activity tends to introduce chaos and problems into an otherwise systematic organisation.  

    Our goal has been to establish a rhythm that allows for periods of chaos but resolves back to order over time, before the chaos begins again.  Each time we stretch, grow and relax.
    The team is so used to this rhythm that alarm bells start to sound if we haven’t been stretched for a while , but no-one remains stretched for so long that it becomes destructive.  Bill Hybel’s book ‘Axiom’ makes a good distinction between ‘Doable hard, and destructive hard’.

    • Kari Scare

      How have you been able to establish that rhythm? What are some specific things you’ve done? I am very interested in hearing about this approach. You can see from my comment above that I am somewhat fearful of success again in my life. Maybe this will help me get over that fear.

  • Kim

    Great post and very true.  Just as I started developing my new company and took my focus off my other one, (which was moving along very successfully) it experienced sudden and explosive growth!  Suddenly I had new customers coming out of my ears and not enough staff to service them.  I hadn’t planned for growth and so hadn’t taken on new staff to accomodate it and was caught on the hop so to speak.  It took me and my assistant days of fire fighting and interviewing and hiring to make sure that we had enough staff to service the new customers.  A good problem to have, but it was and continues to be a frantic few weeks!  

    • Tim Peters

      That is a great problem to have.  What businesses do you run? 

      • Kim

        It’s a Multilingual Kids company (  My own kids are fluent in English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese and Arabic.  We mostly do home care so need one new member of staff for every family, which is challenging to find the right person, and even more challenging to find the right person from another culture. :-/

  • Elisa Pulliam

    Thanks for your honesty.  As what I am doing takes off, I find the problems come in every form.  Critical spirits abound.  Negative comments.  Under-cutting questions by those who don’t really care.  But the worst is the Enemy’s attack.  With success comes a growing bulls-eye for the Enemy’s darts.   I hate that, but I refuse to give in and scurry away.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Good for you. This is exactly what the enemy wants is for us to quit!

  • Agatha Nolen

    Thanks for sharing the upside/downside of success. It is important for me to know that an incredible planner like you can’t anticipate everything when starting a new venture. You’ve said it so many times, “don’t be discouraged; learn from your failure and setbacks.” It is a breath of fresh air for you to expose yourself and let us walk with you on this book launch journey. We can see how both the highs and lows are handled well.

    • Tim Peters

      Agreed, Agatha.  

    • Jim Martin

      Agatha, I was thinking about this as well.  It is a breath of fresh air to hear Michael talk about the realities of this book journey.

  • Eileen

    I have not achieved big success where this would be much of a problem yet.  Although, I have seen it on a much smaller scale.  I’ve had to remind myself that success (small or big) doesn’t define who I am.  It’s tempting to think that it does.  But believing that will only leave you feeling empty.  It’s never enough because it was never meant to be the thing that fulfills us completely.  

    • Kari Scare

      You make a really good point here. Too often, we define who we are by what we do rather than WHOSE we are.  But, our culture certainly does advocate defining who we are by the success we achieve or don’t achieve. This topic in itself would make a great post.

    • Michele Cushatt

      Good reminder, Eileen.

  • sue

    I had the same out-of-stock problem with my first novel MOTHER EARTH FATHER SKY, which sold more copies more quickly than my publishers anticipated. It was frustrating to be on tour to stores that had no copies for me to sign. It cost me sales, but was one of those problems you dream to have!

    • Michael Hyatt

      It is SOOO frustrating. It’s frustrating for the publisher too. It’s a double-edged sword: if you don’t have enough inventory, you miss sales. If you have too much, you have inventory you can’t sell and cash tied up in an unproductive asset.

  • Dale Melchin

    Right off the bat, I am going to say thank you, again, Michael for writing this book and for the bonuses they are all awesome.  I’m 50 pages+ into the book and have devoured the bonuses.  One of my biggest highlights of both content pieces is the emphasis on overcoming fear and risk aversion.

    As an outsider looking in, I’d rather have the problems of success than the problems of mediocrity or failure, because the rewards are greater.  One has to frame those problems as the cost of doing business with life, which I’m sure you already do from all the magnificent work we read here everyday.
    It was Swami Lokeswarananda who said (and I am paraphrasing) that the truly successful person follow’s his process (dreams big, works hard, controls outcomes if possible) but ultimately he just learns from it and keeps going regardless of the out come.  I believe that you demonstrate that to us day in and day out with your blog and how you conduct things here at your home base.As a result of your writings, I have been encouraged to wage war and conquer fear and get on many of my goals, not just an online business, so again, thank you, I don’t know what the future holds, but regardless of outcomes, it will be bright!

    Thanks again Michael!

    • Kari Scare

      Your point about keeping going regardless of the outcome is inspiring to me in my fear of success. Thanks!

      • Dale Melchin

        Thanks Kari!

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Dale. I appreciate your encouraging words—and support!

      • Dale Melchin

        You’re welcome!  You do that for me everyday so I figure I’d just throw some of it back. :-D

    • Ndidi

      Dale, this is a neat package of ideas you’ve got here. I am thrilled and inspired to do the much I can and have planned for ,the best way that I could and  keep positively moving -no matter what happens. I know that success comes with some level of challenges but we can effectively handle all and keep outdoing our past performances through God’s mighty abilities at work in us.

  • Thad Puckett

    But these are certainly the “right” kinds of problems.  They are much easier to address in the short and long term than getting no traction whatsoever for your book.

    Thanks for sharing this.  This could be the epilogue for the 2nd edition of Platform!

  • Phil LaBelle

    Congrats on the success (and the problems that come with it, well, they may bring some new grace to your life).  And I echo that ugh! on the Shades of Grey.

  • Sally Noonan

    Good day.
    I’m ready to order but want the Kindle version.
    Do I understand correctly that the bonus package is available for the electronic book too?  
    Are the bonus materials available as downloads instead of CDs or DVDs?
    Please advise. Thank you.

    • Michael Hyatt

      The bonuses are available for any version, BUT … if you get the Kindle version (and the Nook, iPad, and PDF) free as part of the bonus package. Yes, the bonuses are all downloads.

  • Leslie Allebach

    Great point!  We always believe the grass is greener on the other side, but the fact remains that problems abound, no matter where we find ourselves in life!  

    p.s. I bought the book for two reasons – we have a small business and I am trying to get noticed in the blog world. Can’t wait to apply some of the things I learn!  Thanks for writing it :)

    • Michael Hyatt

      Great. I’d love to hear how it applies in your situation.

  • Sutton Parks

    Dan Miller calls problems “opportunities for solutions”. I’m waiting on a ride to a seminar right now since my car is getting repaired. It gives me the opportunity to be humble and ask for help and the encouragement to help others more, knowing how they feel.

    • Tim Peters

      I really like “opportunities for solutions”.  

  • Divina Bruss

    We had a women’s connection event at my c h this past weekend. We had 209 women sign up to be connected in small groups. I don’t have enough small groups (leaders) to get them all connected. I am so blessed that so many women want to be connected and took the initiative to sign up. But actually getting them in a group is certainly a problem.

    • Michele Cushatt

      Wow. This is a great problem. I’m thrilled so many women want to get connected, but it will be challenging to overcome without enough leaders. Do you have some additional people you can contact? Are there other churches in the area that might be able to step in and help out for a season?

    • Michael Hyatt

      What a great problem! I hope you can be grateful in the midst of trying to solve the problem. (That’s always the challenge for me.)

  • Kelly Combs

    A success problem my family experienced?  Suddenly owing more money to the IRS than we budgeted for, because we made more money.  We complain about the owing more, but not the making more. 

    Your comment about welcoming problems brought a verse to mind, “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;  perseverance, character; and character, hope.” Romans 5:3-5 

    Honestly, I don’t welcome problems or “glory in my suffering,” but they do build character, don’t they?

    • Michael Hyatt

      I had the same “problem” this year. Gail reminded me what a blessing it was.

      • Rebecca Haley Livermore

         I had that same problem, too! I’m trying plan better this year and let my accountant know when I increase my income more than anticipated so we can adjust my quarterly estimated taxes. It about kills me paying that every quarter, but it will be better than owing a ton all at once. And I agree, if we’re having to pay more it means we’re earning more, which is obviously not a bad thing!

  • Tom Martin

    “But sometimes we are surprised that success does too. As a result, it is easy for us to become ungrateful or cynical.”

    I think the problems that arise in the midst of our successes leave us with a choice…ungrateful and or cynical vs humble and grounded, something in itself which may position us for the next big success. 

    • Michael Hyatt

      I totally agree with that.

  • Patti Schieringa

    Until I read several postings, i couldn’t think of a success problems. I just thought they came with the territory.
    It was Vacation Bible School with supplies for several more than the half dozen registered in my group of four-year-old children.  God sent an unassigned man walking nearby that I recruited to help with the more than twenty that showed up that first day.  This was a great lesson in sharing for the kids and us leaning on God’s help for inspiration and energy. I don’t remember who that person was, but I remember we were very tired and awed by our success that day. 
    He came back the following days to help again and more supplies were available for even more who came later in the week. 
    So thanks for the memory jog, Michael and your commentators. You all bless me.

    • Jim Martin

      Great story Patti.  I also have memories such as this and I suspect many others do as well.

  • Malcolm Tyree

    Thanks for your transparency!

  • sixpants

    There’s some concerns about the 5 star reviews on Amazon.  First – nothing gets that many 5 star reviews. Thus far it’s 100% 5 stars (excepting the 1 star review where someone questions the reviews, hence it’s not a review).

     Second, a majority of the reviews are from BEFORE the book was released.Is this an example of the tactics a reader finds in this book?  Or is there an explanation?


    • Michael Hyatt

      First, thanks for your question. I enjoy explaining how the publishing world works …
      Publishers send “Advance Reader Copies” (ARCs) out to reviewers months in advance. These are typically paperback versions of the books and are “uncorrected page proofs.” These go to the major media and potential endorsers.
      In my case, we sent the ARCs to thirty potential endorsers. To my delight, twenty-seven of them read the book and sent endorsements. (You can see the list on the right-hand sidebar of the product page.) We also sent ARCs to all the major media outlets in order to book interviews with me.
      Then, on April 25th, the book started shipping to stores, including Amazon.
      Publishers typically set the official “pub date” one month after the ship date to allow for books to make their way to booksellers and get put up on the shelves. Unless there is a hard “street date” (as in the case of a surefire bestseller like a new Harry Potter novel) retailers are free to start selling the book as soon as they get it.
      Since Amazon sends trucks to the publishers to pick up books, they are very efficient. They begin selling books a few days after the ship date—often weeks before the official pub date. This accounts for some of the reviews on my book. They were done by reviewers who bought these early copies.
      You might be thinking, “but Amazon was showing the book as not yet released.” This is where it gets complicated.
      Amazon sold out of the book before the official pub date, so rather than switch to “temporarily out of stock,” which they would normally do, they switched to “this book has not yet been released.”
      But again, the truth was that they had sold hundreds (perhaps a few thousand) before the book was official published. Many of these early readers took the time to read the book and post a review.
      Now, in addition to that, we also recruited a special Platform Launch Team of people who read my blog. Almost 800 people applied for this. We RANDOMLY picked 100. We gave them an electronic version of the book and asked them to read it and post a review on the major e-tailer sites.
      We told them explicitly that we wanted them to be honest with the review—good, bad, or ugly. Most of the reader reviews on Amazon are from these people.
      The important thing to note is that these were not manipulated or coerced. As these reviewers will quickly tell you (just look at their responses to the guy who gave the 1-star review), they gave their HONEST opinion after reading the book.
      That’s probably more than you wanted to know, but hopefully it helps you put the reviews on context.

      An, by the way, there’s a four-star review too. ;-)

      Thanks again for your question.

      • sixpants

        Oh my gosh.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many thoughtful replies to a critical (albeit polite) question before.  Does that ever happen on the Internet?!?

        I think we might be entering into a new phase of consumer reviews.  Now that the power of them is widely known and accepted, there is a greater deal of skepticism creeping in.

        How funny… the notion that being “too good” could be bad.

        Thanks again to everyone. You’re a thoughtful bunch. I’d have coffee with the lot of you.


    • Shannon Milholland

      Sixpants, I can understand why you’d feel that way. I was one of the ones who wrote a 5 Star review of Platform. I was fortunate enough as a member of his Platform Launch Team to receive an advance reading copy from Michael. I have reviewed many books on GoodReads, Amazon, etc. and have given reviews of 4 Star and even 3 Star on books authored by friends or mentors.

      I gave this book the rating it deserved. It’s THAT good. This is the book I wish I’d read and implemented three years ago when I first became a speaker and writer. Fortunately today is the best day to begin building your platform. If you have an important message the world needs to hear I hope you will consider buying your copy this week while you can get over $375 in free bonuses with your purchase!

    • Nathan Martin

      I was on the Platform Launch Team Michael referred to. I read the book, loved it, am applying it, and bought 10 copies this week for others that need to read it. In addition, I’ve told everyone I know that should have it to buy it. And I’ve posted a blog review of it, Tweeted quotes from it, posted on Facebook, and yes, I’m one of the five-star reviewers. As you may have gathered, I believe it deserves every one of the five-star reviews and it will have many more over time.

    • Dayna Renee Hackett Bickham

      As Michael explains there were advanced copies and as a member of the Platform Launch Team I was privileged to  not only get a copy, but interact with some amazing people. 

      As we read this book both individual and collective “light bulbs” went off. 

      For me, I felt inspired, and relieved. Inspired because Michael’s book Platform gave me hope that I could grow my ministry and relieved because it gave me the tools I need to do it. 

      I wrote an Amazon review. I also wrote two other reviews. I feel that strongly about this book. I was not paid. I was not coerced.  I was only given an electronic version of the book and asked to be honest. I even went back and ordered the hardback version! I am putting my money where my mouth is! 

      I hope that you will give Michael’s book a chance. It is a step by step gold mine of how to’s and I will be using it like a personal manual for many months if not years to come.

    • Christin

       Hi Brian,
      I can understand your concern, and as one of the 5-star review givers, I can assure you the reviews are authentic.

      Michael explained the publishing process well and this is not unusual. Different authors will use different strategies. Michael has an excellent tribe who believe in his work because he’s already proven it to be successful.

      If you decide to buy and read the book, I encourage you to share your voice by writing a review as well. If the book is helpful, why not put it into the hands of people searching for it’s contents, right? :)

      (Good question by the way. It’s important to get the facts.) :)

    • Rebecca Haley Livermore

       This is a great question, Brian, and once I can certainly understand you asking.

      I am also a member of the Platform launch team and read the book and left a 5-star rating and review. The reason is simple — it’s a great book.

      Even though I received an electronic version of the book free, I ordered a hard copy of it as well because I know that it is a book that I’ll want on my shelf for a long time.

      There are a few things that make this book unique. One is that it is written from experience. The fact that it is doing as well as it is shows that it was written by someone who knows what he’s talking about.

      Another thing is that the book is really practical. I read a lot of books that inspire me and motivate me, but then leave me without knowing how to implement what I’ve read. This book does both — it really inspired me, and I now have a very clear plan of how to implement the information in the book.

      There are other things I love about it as well, and I think that if you read the reviews posted on Amazon and on various blogs, you’ll get a feel for what you can expect.

      I would encourage you to read the book yourself, so you can have an informed opinion about whether or not the book lives up to its reputation.

    • Dave Anderson

      I am also part of the Platform Launch Team.  I read an early version on my wife’s iPad.  I have changed portions of my website and twitter account already as a result of Platform.  I gave the book a 5 star rating without reservation at all because it will be my manual for building my brand as a leadership consultant.

      There are no smoke and mirrors here.  Just one of many fans of the book.  

    • heidikreider

      Hey Brian… 

      I’m another member of Michael’s Platform Launch team.  I did get an advanced copy to read and to review before the release date.  I’m one of the reviews on Amazon that gave Platform 5 stars.  It was a honest review.  Platform is that good.

      I would encourage you to read it and post your own review.  Perhaps you will disagree with my 5 star review.  Maybe not.  Either way, you’ll get the opportunity to weigh in yourself.  

      Incidentally, there are many authors looking for people to review their book before the release date.  I am also on a team of 500 bloggers and writers reviewing NYTimes bestseller, Donna VanLiere’s newest novel, The Good Dream, which will be released in July.    By teaming up with Michael and Donna, I can build my platform, increase my readership, and help promote their books.  It’s a win/win.

    • Charles Specht

      Sixpants (love the name), I hear you.  

      I am one of the 100 pre-launch team members that Michael chose to review Platform.  As a Christian myself, and also a pastor, I need to let my yes be yes and my no, no.  In other words, if I’m going to live according to what the Bible teaches, I need to be careful with my words, not exaggerate, and tell it like it is.

      I normally don’t read a lot of non-fiction, secular books, because I spend a lot of time reading commentaries, Christian books, theology books, etc., but I wanted to dive into Platform, and so I eagerly applied. I have found the book to be quite satisfactory and highly applicable, for all people, regardless of their religious affiliation or secular career.  

      I don’t believe that the reviews Platform has received are at all inflated.  I think they are genuine, as my own reviews on Amazon and B&N are.

      As a Christian, I know I have the greatest message (the gospel) the world could ever hear, and the most fantastic product people could ever receive (salvation).  I wanted to review Platform so that I can learn to expand my influence in order to perpetuate this message and “product” to all the nations.  And I wholeheartedly believe that by reading Platform and putting these ideas into practice as a Christian, I will serve the Lord more effectively.

      Lastly, I could have just kept the pre-launch copy and that would be it.  But I chose, instead, to purchase a hardback copy just yesterday.  I want one in my hands to review over and over again.You should do yourself a favor and buy one.  You just might be shocked at its brilliance. Blessings to you, my friend.

      • TNeal

         An excellent endorsement/review and explanation, Charles. If I hadn’t already ordered the book, I’d be headed to Amazon now. Well written.

      • Joy Groblebe

        Excellent post Charles…love it!

    • pilararsenec

      Hi Brian, thanks for your great question.  If you don’t mind, I wanted to respond because I am one of the people who applied to be on the launch team and selected at random.  I was sent the e-book to read and post my review.  I can tell you firsthand, my review is authentic.  I rated Platform 5 stars because it truly is.  My hope is that you would read the book for yourself and see why there are so many 5 star reviews.  Trust me, the book is outstanding!  It is by far one of the best books I’ve ever read on building a platform.

    • Kelly Combs

      Hi Brian,
      I attended a conference the first week in May (the SCORRE conference) where they had copies of Michael’s book  for sale. I bought a copy there.  I  left a 5 star review because the book is well written, and informative. I felt it exceeded my expectations.Subsequently, I was also selected to be one of the members of the Launch team, so I received a digital copy of the book, but I had already purchased it because want to grow my platform. As a follower of Hyatt for a couple of years now, I believe in his integrity and message. That’s why I applied to be on the team.I hope this alleviates your concerns.  Have a great day!

  • Eric Dye

    I like to call these, “good problems.”

    Great reminder that success is more about hard work than it is about easy street.

  • CherieLZack

    I ordered my copy from Amazon yesterday and everything went through just fine so far. I’m looking forward to digging into it. Then I received an email from Amazon this morning letting me know I will receive my copy quicker than they thought I would; in two days.  Maybe God is trying to tell me something. I’m listening for sure. :)

    • TNeal

       Glad to hear that. When I ordered on Monday, Amazon showed it as a pre-order, as if the book hadn’t been released. Like you, I’m ready to dig into it.

    • Joy Groblebe

      They are all stocked up…you should get it in a few days.  :)

  • Michele Cushatt

    More speaking, consulting, writing requests than I know what to do with! This is especially challenging as I try to manage a big family and be fully present with my husband and kids. It’s overwhelming at times, but a good problem to have. I’m grateful!

    A good friend and mentor once told me, “We pray for the harvest, but then complain when it comes in. Don’t pray for it unless you’re ready to work hard when it does.” I often think of what he said when I’m feeling under water in to-do’s. Abundance is a blessing, even if it brings additional challenges. 

    • Mary DeMuth

      Well put, Michele. I’m reminded that we are to be faithful in small things…but as we are, we’re later entrusted with much. Once the Lord said to me, “You seem to be able to handle heartache well, but can you handle joy?” 

    • TNeal

       I think we’ve grown accustomed to “instant” success stories and don’t realize the hours of work involved in other people’s harvests. On the other hand, putting in the work, reaping the results in a positive way, has a way of satisfying in a way that “instant” anything can’t do.

      Michael’s journey to Amazon’s Top 10 list illustrates the power of an intentional life willing to work toward a goal. I don’t think making Amazon’s list was his target (in fact, I know it wasn’t) but it does show the importance of strategically developing a platform, one which benefits others.

  • Jack Lynady

    “Seed…Time…Harvest” each require something uniquely different. Sounds like u are having a Luke 5:6 moment Michael…Enjoy it bro!

  • Joe Lalonde

    That’s amazing Michael. Congratulations on the success you’re experiencing. I bet it is both frustrating yet rewarding to see all of this happen.

    With the growing success of my blog, I’m experiencing a lack of time to get things done and to work on it. Sometimes I feel like I’m neglecting my followers by not replying to comments soon enough or writing enough blog posts. 

  • Bob Hamp

    I have always been in the problem-solving business. The more successful I have been at this, literally people simply deliver more problems to our door. We asked for it!! But definitely with growth comes growing staff, which means dealing with people problems, structural shifts, the need for creative responses to growing needs necessitates team development/relational issues. 
    And as one of your commenters said, critics seem to wait in the wings, ready to tell you how you should have done it. 
    Thanks MIchael for once again living life in front of us in a helpful way!

  • Alan Robertson

    Engineers solve problems.  But there is a sort of law of conservation of problems that seems to go on here.  Solving a problem is a bit like the magician from the story of Aladdin’s lamp going around saying “New problems for old, new problems for old…”.  And after we look at the new problems we say “I like these new problems much better than my old one” – so we call it “solving” the problem…

  • Dave Anderson

    I’ve found I tend to get overcommitted during the times of success.  I get stretched thin because I want to please everyone and be available.

    I have to prioritize better during these times to better enjoy the success.

  • Julie Swihart

    1. I’m tired
    2. I face criticism I wasn’t expecting
    3. I run into new questions needing answers

    These are my “success problems” as a new mother . . . but they carry over into other areas.

    It’s a lot of hard work being committed to success, but he’s worth it.

  • Cynthia Herron

    Thank you for including all the goodies with your new book! I look forward to some downtime this weekend to go through everything.

    As for your question, I suppose I wasn’t prepared for some opposition–I know–very Pollyannish of me. Since I write Christian fiction, it didn’t even cross my mind that sometimes I’d have to moderate blog comments that were filled with occasional profanity, rants, etc. I’m always up for a good debate, but the discussion becomes pointless when the Christ-centered focus is lost.  On the other hand, it’s an interesting learning curve, and I’m enjoying the new jacket I purchased last year to cover my thicker skin.

    Congratulations on the success of Platform: Get Noticed In A Noisy World.


  • John Richardson

    Helpful post, Michael. I think a valuable question to ask is… What will success bring? As a blogger, I’ve had to answer that question many times over the years. I’ve seen so many of my blogging friends go from zero to hero in a short period of time. While this sounds great, the consequences can be overwhelming if you are not prepared. Your blog has been very helpful in this respect. For example, adding the Disqus service to your blog and structuring your posts with questions at the end, brought an avalanche of comments to your site.

    I can remember asking myself… How does Michael have the time to respond to “hundreds” of comments a day? For a while, I remember this was a big problem for you. But that problem ultimately brought on the addition of your community leaders, and even more comments. A win-win.

    For me, I have had to restrict activities over the years that I know would have brought additional success, because I know I would not have had the time to handle them properly. While this can be very frustrating while building a platform, it’s also brought about a very important lesson. While I can do many amazing things if I focus on them, I can’t do them all at the same time. 

    I’ve had to learn that patience is an important component of success.

    • Erica McNeal

      Great thoughts John! 

    • John Tiller

      Brilliant, John!  So true that we need to give ourselves license to be patient and take on only what we are ready for.   If we are faithful in what’s next, everything else will come.

  • Dan Erickson

    This is good information for your followers, but we also could think about what success truly is and things to avoid trying to achieve success.  The fact that you have actually written a book is a success in itself.  The fact that you have published it and it is selling well: success.  Even if it didn’t sell thousands of copies, I would argue it’s still a success.  What would not be successful would be to have a bestseller at the expense of God, family, friends.  Or to have a best-seller that spreads information that is false or harmful to others.  Success is simply doing your best before God to help others.  If you’ve done that, you’ve already succeeded.  The rest is sales.

    • Erica McNeal

      Love your comment Dan!

    • TNeal

       On a human level, it’s still nice to see that someone actually reads and responds to what you’ve written. To experience what Michael is experiencing surpasses “nice” by quite a bit. For me, that anyone would read and comment about my book both amazes and humbles.

      You are right though. Keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, serving God’s kingdom, is the real success story.

  • Jeff Jones

    The success problems I have recently experienced is a lack of personal time and being “spread too thin”.  I was recently at a conference and found myself being asked to lunch by more people than there were lunch times available.  I was humbled with people wanting to spend time with me, but also challenged with how to handle it.  I have learned a lot through that experience. 

    • Michael Hawkins

      Jeff – I think sometimes God places those humble times at such strategic times in our lives.  And I also think those humbling experiences are where some of the biggest growth and personal development happens.

      By the way, I love your music.  : – ) 

  • Eric Williams

    Congratulations on your new set of problems Michael! Sounds weird to say, but having that much success to where you exceeded the expectations of your publisher, and caused Mail Chimp to shut you down…you should be giggling a little about that. 

    I had no doubt that would happen. Your content is fantastic! Keep on creating problems out of your success! I would imagine those are the best problems to have.

    Managing success is difficult. For me, it’s balancing time: our first baby, full time job, and a growing blog community have created a big ‘time’ debacle in my life.  

  • Randyberry

    Michael, Your comment, “Problems are inevitable” ring loud and clear. Yes, they are good for us and they do force us to stretch and grow. When you stated that we should welcome problems, I don’t think you were going overboard. For me personally, I try to view problems and challenges. Ralph Sockman once said, “The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority. We must give our challenges to God. It isn’t always easy to tolerate some of the challenges we encounter. But with God on our side we are in the majority. And God is always up to a challenge.

    Blessings on your new book, Michael! Congratulations!
    Randy Berry

  • Terry Hadaway

    Michael, congrats on the great launch. Many people reading about your success struggle to explain the gap between their potential (dreams) and their accomplishments. Procrastination is the greatest enemy of our potential. Po – Pr = Ac

  • Kristina Vandiver

    Thank you for this – so timely!  I was thinking of all the things that need to be done (my problem) this morning, when it occurred to me that I don’t have to do these things; I get to do these things.  I am not a slave to my to-do list, I am a daughter of God.  He has generously afforded me the opportunity to serve with Him and that is a liberating and humbling privilege and a source of great joy.

    • Kari Scare

      Your comment about being a “daughter of God” reminded me of a talk I did for our Ladies Ministry for Mother’s Day. You can find it at if you are interested. Thanks for the reminder. It’s amazing how quickly I can forget things… this only happened two weeks ago.

  • Allen

    Problems or challenges? I prefer to look at them as challenges. This allows me to tap into my achievement strength and competitiveness. Thank you for your voice and congratulations on your success.

  • Mary Allen

    Congratulations on your book doing so well! That doesn’t surprise me, as your postings are insightful, helpful, and encouraging as well.

    I think we should “welcome” problems in the sense that we accept them. When we aren’t wasting energy running around screaming “Oh no! Oh no! Oh no!” we can much more efficiently deal with them. Of course, as a believer, it is vastly reassuring that whether I’m focused or a screaming chicken, God is still working all things to benefit my place in his plan.

  • TorConstantino

    First congratulations on the positive-evolution of your problem set!

    Personally, the toughest challenge for me following promotion and advancement is time management. 
    As a result, I have to be more disciplined to say “no” to good people whom I’d normal try to help. My favorite line from your post is, “The truth is that problems are inevitable. They are good for us. They force us to stretch and grow.” 

    That’s awesome!

  • Wynettejames

    I like how you have not defined success in terms of book
    volumes and cash flow. Sometimes for me success is as simple as getting dinner
    on the table after a busy day at work.  I
    believe it has become natural for us in our day and time to run into success.
    We can’t wait to hit the finish line or have the success that comes with what
    we think is the finish line. Hearing Michael talk about the problems he has
    with success is a great reminder that even people who have an overall view of
    this business have problems. While reading some of these posts Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the Lord… kept
    popping into my head. There have been times in my life I have attained success
    after much difficulty; not without gaining an extra lump or two along the way.
    It was not until I was standing on the finish line of success that I realized
    the race had just begun. As I looked back at the long hard race I had just run
    it was that moment I realized God had prepared me for what was to come.  

  • Erica McNeal

    Great thoughts Mike. I am learning that balance of “success” right now between launching my book/ministry and protecting my time with my family. It’s been a difficult balance to strike; especially when you throw in potty-training a 2 year old. I have really enjoyed reading through these comments and the discussions. Good reminders for me to keep my priorities in check; family first… then book!

  • Brian Taylor

    I think one of the things success does is reveal areas of strategies you hadn’t considered in the event of it succeeding. Like, how do you handle a book tour as a new writer, if before your book got noticed you were an everyday Joe or unemployed novice?

  • Amy @ themessymiddle

    A few weeks ago I had a blog post go viral. I went from having an average of 70-80 hits a day to more than 18,000 on the highest traffic day. Because I hadn’t forseen this, I hadn’t budgeted any extra time that it would take to manage all of the comments (I suddenly understand the posts related to assistants, email triage, and other parts of managaing traffic). It was an amazing five days and I’m still internally sifting through lessons. (If you’re curious which post it was, it was an open letter to pastors about mother’s day. The chord it struck really surprised me).

    • Michele Cushatt

      That’s an incredible story, Amy. I read the post ( and can see why it resonated with so many. As a bio mom, stepmom, and foster/guardian mom of children not my own, I feel a strange mix of joy and pain on Mother’s Day. I’ve considered skipping it many times! Thank you for having the courage to write your post. Your success and the challenges that came with it were worth it because of the many people you encouraged.

    • Nina Nesdoly

      I read it  :) I can see why it circulated the way it did! You hit a topic that a lot of women probably relate too, but don’t feel they can voice. Nice one :)

  • Rob Sorbo

    In my annual job review in 2011, my boss told me that she thought I’d be a great manager but she doesn’t anticipate any managerial positions coming open any time soon. This kind of caused me to have some resentment and lack of work satisfaction, because I kept trying to tell myself that I was worth so much more.

  • Donnie Scearce

    For 22 years, I worked with a mission organization that was growing rapidly. Yep, a Christian mission organization was growing. And they were going to the toughest areas in the world to work. The “problem” was to keep the infrastructure robust enough to support the people on “the field.” Looking back, it was an art more than a science but if we fell behind too much, it was painful. And that is where we most often failed; we were too lean. Those who receipting funds, processing expense reports, providing care for the front-line workers would get overwhelmed and discouraged but they were as committed to the vision as those of us who knew that if we stopped casting the vision and growing, we would eventually die. So, we pressed through the problems growth created. Today, the organization is a 35 million dollar a year, multi-national organization serving in 95 countries, and still growing.

  • Lincoln Parks

    I think when you are rising to success and you are humbled by something that happens. Its easy to get discouraged, but once we keep pushing forward no matter the stumbling blocks we get past stuff. Can’t wait to keep the problems coming so that we can Hurdle them and keep it going.

  • JaysonFeltner

    First, congratulations on the success thus far with the new book.  Second, I always find it helpful if I make delegating part of my launch preparation.  I learned that from retail.  They hire more temps before Thanksgiving, in preparation.

  • Cheri Gregory

    I’ve been facilitating The PURSE-onality Challenge: 31 days of replacing “baditude” with God’s word and gratitude” ( this month. 

    Two problems:

    1.  When I started promoting it, I was totally unprepared for the number of people who requested the free files I was offering. With no automated system set up, I lost dozens of hours doing “dumb monkey work” of e-mailing files…some of which ended up being too large for many e-mail programs. This chewed up time I should have invested in responding to comments.

    2.  The other “problem” is internal: becoming overly concerned with “the numbers.” I wish there was some way to disable the stats on Facebook so I wouldn’t see my “here’s your worth as a human” graph shooting up and plummeting down. I’d love to hide my “Like” number so I’d never be able to calculate that I lost 10 “Likes” overnight. I realize I need to be Teflon-coated and let nothing stick. But since I’m a digital immigrant, I bring the connotations of face-to-face relationships to the virtual world. It’s instinctive for me to wonder, “Why were so many “talking” about me last week but not this week? Who stopped ‘Liking’ me and why?” I eventually do remind myself that someone clicked a mouse button to remove digital content from their screen. The end. Not personal. 

    Two soutions:

    1.  Virtual assistant the next time around!  

    2.  ??? Any recommendations for books or websites that can help those of us who recognize our need to detach from the numbers while staying connected to the people?

  • David Algood

    Congrats on the new book and its reception!  I can definitely relate to your post. 
    I was fortunate to propose and be deeply involved in the introduction of a new product for our company last year.  The good news…it was extremely well received by our market and the launch was awesome.  The challenge…we sold our year five projected sales in the first nine months!  So keeping enough inventory in stock was an obvious issue and led to a very stressful work environment for our production and materials staff.  What kept me going was recognizing that we are providing a fantastic product that has a significant impact on the livelihood of people with disabilities.  And we have great people selling, building, and supporting them.  Exceeding our sales forecast just meant that there were that many more customers that got to experience our fantastic product, people and services. 

  • Steve Borek

    I love it when a probortunity ends up on my door step.

    There’s always a choice in how we react. Respond the way that keeps you jazzed.

    • Barry Hill

       Probortunity is AWESOME!

    • Kelly Combs

      I agree with Barry, Probortunity IS awesome.

  • Michele Cushatt

    Today my task list is overwhelming me. Just a few moments ago, I was fixing multiple bowls of cereal and fruit for my kids, wondering how I will tackle the next 48 hours’ responsibilities. It occurred to me the fact that I have a husband, children, and the ability to work IS success. I face plenty of problems trying to manage it all, don’t do it well sometimes. I run out of personal resources, like running out of stock on a book. BUT, these “problems” are evidence of success. Just ask the woman who wishes she had a child or the man who is too ill to work.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Amen, Michele. It’s all about perspective, isn’t it?

  • jbledsoejr

    CONGRATS and I wish you many more “problems” Michael. ;)  From what I have learned about you from reading your blog, and now in the middle of reading Platform.  You are one person who is equipped and able to handle problems of all sorts.  Keep WOWing us!

  • Christopher Jimenez

    I was thinking about a similar topic last night. I actually wrote this blog entry on Nehemiah & set it to post this morning:

    It’s amazing how even great success can become a discouragement.

  • Dean Deguara

    Church growth always comes with its share of problems, but like you said they are good problems to have!

  • LindaHembry

    Wow, Michael, the book is doing great…not enough inventory? That’s a ‘good’ stressor, its flying off the shelf.

  • levittmike

    It’s amazing how many of us fall into the “if only” trap.  My career has ascended to senior level management, after years of “if only” thoughts.  Now that I’m at this level, I sometimes think “if only I was working at a lower level, my stress levels would be lower.”

    Thankfully I don’t think that way often, because I trust God has me where He needs me to be.

    Thanks for the Platform book!  Ordered it last night and successfully gained access to the free materials.  This book is going to bless all of us!

  • lifeandpower

    great post Michael – I think you’re right. Problems caused by success are the best problems to have. I’d like to have more of those!

    I’ve already finished the book and really appreciate the insight. I’m already putting changes in motion AND I’m “restarting” twitter. You’ve convinced me! 

  • JD

    Great points, Mr. Hyatt. Reminds me of my grandma, probably most peoples’ grandma..”Be careful what you ask for”..
    A pastor friend I was doing a consult for about 10 years ago said that people wouldn’t believe the stress, battles & demons that came as a church grew. (the church had grown at that point from 500-1100)
    Success brings out nay-sayers and internal battles too.
    It also brings multiplication of impact when handled well.
    You are an example of that with PLATFORM…even as evidenced in some of the comments of those who look for a fault line someplace in the process.

    Thanks for leading by serving others!
    (may the same growth happen for you as that pastor I mentioned, after our consult the church he serves has grown to nearly 4000 and multiplied even more internationally)

    JD Smith 

  • Lyndie Blevins

    What great news, Michael!

    Everyday, as the Lord prepares a table in the presence of my enemies. They table takes different forms as do the enemies 

  • Kari Espada

    Well, I completed my certificate for statring my own business with MOBI and I went to tell my mother. Of course you are expecting to hear that I was greeted with congrats and excitement. NO, epic  failure. I was met with contempt, disdain and negative criticism. All I heard was how someone else is enrolling in school and how I should be doing this and when I mentioned a job offer elsewhere, I received oh well I guess you want to live in poverty. Really, I just mentioned an accomplishment, one of many I may add to my expanding list of certifications, degrees and other accolades; now I am utterly confused. Why is it when you do better, you receive worse. How is that possible?

    • Kari Scare

      First of all, great first name :-) Secondly, I sort of receive the same reaction from my dad and brother. I try to figure out why and am not sure. I can make all sorts of assumptions, which really are just comparisons of my life to theirs and my growth to theirs, but the truth of the matter is that I can’t see into their hearts to really know what’s behind their negativity. I guess maybe pride is at the root somehow. They don’t like that I have grown and become successful, and they are almost exactly the same as 20 years ago. It is a very unsettling feeling. I wish I had straight answers. All I can do is relate, I guess.

  • Hessfamily

    After my chuckle, then forwarding this to a few others who will also relate immediately to your blog, I’m struck by the incredible truth and reality of every word. 

    AND, Yes indeed, we certainly SHOULD welcome and be grateful for the challenges/problems; they are the fertilizer, sunshine and water for our growth! 

    BTW, we shall not plague your gal with further emails asking for confirmation of receipt of our purchase receipt for the copies of “Platform” we ordered :-) ! 

    Enjoy the new challenges of this current success.

  • Travis Dommert

    Great lesson, Michael.  We MUST find joy in all things.  There will always be problems.  

    Like the good folks at The Ritz-Carlton we must embrace the mantra that “there are no problems, only opportunities.”  After all, adversity reveals so much more about us than the easy times.  

    Want to create a raving fans?  Be thankful for the problems (opportunities) to show your true colors. 

  • Hessfamily

    An amazing plethora of brilliant comments/thoughts/ideas/truths from so many here!

  • Gary Collins

    With all due respect I think you have missed the biggest problems with success. These are internal problems. From my limited perspective and from observing my author friends and myself, the most dangerous problem comes to people who get things out of proportion, swell with pride, brag about their accomplishments, and forget the other people and the God who empowered us to get where we are. It’s that pride that can go before a fall. Humility is possible in successful authors but I wonder if it is rare. I suggest that is a danger that we all need to guard against. BTW this is not intended in any way as a dig at Michael Hyatt. Not at all. This is more a commentary on a danger that often gets overlooked by any of us in times of success. 

    • Michael Hyatt

      You are right, Gary. I have seen this up close and personal with all the authors I have worked with over the years. It’s a good reminder! Thanks.

    • Barry Hill

       Yes, Gary. A good reminder to us all!

  • Nina Nesdoly

    Around my house, it’s not uncommon to hear someone reassuring themselves with the words “Okay, if this is my/our worst problem, we’re doing well. This is a good problem to have.” 
    I came into a new level of success last weekend. My first elite professional cycling race was on Monday- everything about it was different, it was very much a step up. I was racing against World Champions, Olympians, and National Champions with 20 years of racing experience. Starting on Friday were Team Presentations, which involves standing on a stage, speaking to media, being photographed. All Saturday and Sunday there were events (like Ride With the Pros where I got to ride with 4-9 year olds!) and it was very fun, and it felt very good, but being of an introverted, and structured personality, and in a totally name ball game, I was in tears by Sunday night. 

    What saved me was something I saw driving home from a late night team meeting that was an hour’s drive away. I was mad about the extra driving, and how late it was, but I rounded a corner and saw fireworks going off above the lake. They were glorious. I thought “Okay God, I trust you. If my worst problem is cameras and interviews, professional team meetings, and an overload of social interaction, I’m doing pretty well.” 

    Thanks for the post Michael! 

  • Kathleen Jaeger

    My thought is in reference to: “Maybe we should welcome them (the problems) … ” Sounds a bit like: “Consider it all joy when you encounter trials of various kinds…” (James 1).  If that is going overboard, sounds like the Word is also going a bit overboard, too, which is good company to be in.

    Congrats on your success and thanks for the reminder that problems never really go away, we just encounter different ones throughout life.

  • Pat68

    I agree; I would much rather be out there trying and succeeding than sitting in the safety of the sidelines scared to try for fear of what “might” happen.

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  • Sundi Jo Graham

    Congrats on these great problems. Looking very forward to starting the book. 

  • Thomas

    Michael, I am reminded of Proverbs 14:4.  The only way to keep the crib clean, is to get rid of the oxen.  If we are going to have the success resulting from the strength of the ox, we have to deal with the occasional mess.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Love that proverb!

  • TylerHess

    Oh, totally disagree, I love the problems of failure haha

  • Jim Caldwell

    The same problems are true as a pastor… things like running out of space in facilities because God is moving OR not having enough staff due to growth. Here’s the thing I always try to remember: These are great problems to have! Praise God!

  • sarona_farrell

    Jealousy. Women can be so passive aggressive and small sometimes.

  • Pat Alexander

    A number of years ago when I decided to step out on my own as consultant specializing in a specific product using my career experience the response and inquires about working with the desired firms was overwhelming. At first I was afraid to say no to anyone. I over scheduled myself and while I was able to meet my timelines and commitments, my personal life and health suffered.

    I was able to work with some high profile firms which increased my visibility and increased requests for public speaking, articles and the like. I so desperately wanted to be able to do these things and I found ways to fit them in.

    Some health issues made me take some time off. I had lots of time to focus on how I wanted to proceed in life. I knew I could not go back to the schedule I was maintaining. I had, however, put myself in a postion to choose which I clients I wanted to work with. I wanted a more positive work experience.

    Doing this is allowing me time to look at other options and determine how I want to proceed with my career. Yes, success can bring problems. But it also brings opportunities and problems can be solved.

    • John Tiller

      Sharing that experience is going to help others avoid the “true” problems of suffering personal life and health.  You’ve helped some folks here, and you’ll certainly help more in your coaching business by sharing that story!

      • Pat Alexander

        Thanks John.

  • Pickanddraw1

    Michael…first, congrats on creating something that others obviously want/need.  Great job! I also am an entrepreneur.  I have a product that many people want as well and have had to face what you are talking about in your post.  I didn’t feel but one of the three things you listed were “problems”.  Your assistant being buried with emails is a great thing toward growth…and, you now have the finances to handle that growth in that area…hire another temporary person to help give the promised bonus.  You’ll not only keep your promise to your readers but you will create new customers and better yet, you’ll have repeat customers who will be those who give you free advertising…the kind that creates more business for you.  I hope you will not expect Tricia carry that sudden load alone.  And in hiring someone else, you will be giving someone a job…which helps the economy of the whole.                                             Regarding the Mail Chimp “problem”, as you called it, same thing…you now have many many people that want to follow you….yeah!  yeah!  yeah!  Rejoice and be thankful that there is a way to handle those numbers by paying Mail Chimp for additional services….they will be helping you in a big way and you will be helping them by hiring someone from the new source of income that you are generating.  You are giving others jobs as well and they are helping you.  That’s not a problem in my book; that’s an answer to prayer!                                   The last one definitely is your “problem”….running out of books….yet, actually, it is not “your” problem; it’s theirs and they will, no doubt, find a way to deal with that even if it costs them more money and time as well.  The same thing that you are experiencing from the first two things, TN is facing on their end.  They have to figure out a way to work with increase and change.  If the book is good and not just a flash in the pan, this could actually work in your favor…this speed bump could serve  as a way to generate more demand.  People who have to wait for something actually enjoy it and prize it “more” than if they can get it immediately….think of intimacy in marriage because the couple waited as opposed to those who don’t.  Sorry, that was a little too big an example.
    In the parable of the talents, the Master “expected” a sizable return on the investment He gave to each person.  And He actually had the fearful servant “tortured” for not producing.  It says to me “be fruitful and multiply” is God’s mandate for man….”have dominion over all I’ve made”.  Put it in the context of your  3 “problems” and I don’t see it as problems but “adjustments” need to be made which become the next steps of growth in multiplying what God has given you…and bringing pleasure to him.  Look how many people God is using you to help and bless with your talent and success.  Congratulations again!

  • D Thompson

    My husband and I have recently found you online and are quite delighted to have become a part of your platform.  We are hoping to be able to order the book today.  How exciting that your success is “causing you trouble!”  It sounds like wonderful problems to have, considering the other side of things not working out.

    I have a question, would it be possible due to the overwhelming response of the readers to continue your  special offer into next week?  Is that a choice that you can make or is that up to others in the business.  I ask as we are learning from you and do not yet have a grasp on this publishing business.


  • TNeal

    Ah, yes, I remember when I served as a pastor of a small town church and we began to experience growth. I’ll say that “success” certainly made life interesting–old guard vs. new growth. In those days, even the announcements could surprise you (like when an old guard stood up to say how people could still give indirectly without supporting the pastor and the church’s new direction). To be honest, I blame God for all that “new direction” stuff. :-D

    • Kelly Combs

      I think the most important thing in a church is what color hymn book they use. ;-P  That was a problem in one of our previous churches. Some people wanted the red, others the blue. 

      • Barry Hill

         Duh, blue of course! :)

        • BillintheBlank

          Red does keep them awake though….

  • kimanzi constable

    As I’m building my platform and even more now that I’ve read the book :) I’ve booked eight public speaking events and landed a book contract. The hard part is I’m finishing the last days of my day job. It’s been a challenge getting everything done, I know it’s a good problem though.

  • ReasonDisciple

    My first year on Facebook I was sharing these power lessons on leadership, but using a lot of personal stories that were so relating to the people that people became like a type of evangelist sharing my content. A few of my friends who I really didn’t know that well at the time just started adding me for me to accept. I found myself at 1,000 friends then next thing I knew in three weeks I got to 5,000 friends. The funny thing a week before all this God told me to stop adding people and to let Him “bring the fish”. So I stopped and then my profile grew. At that time I also didn’t know that FB allowed only 5,000 friends. So I started a second profile, two group pages (one for our record label and the other for my inner circle to meet., and two fan pages (one for my online leadership business and one for my hip-hop music business). I had an overload then. lol!

  • Allen Fuller

    We build websites, and there’s near infinite demand these days, so scaling has been a real challenge. Someday I hope to write a book on “Transition” — those steps business take between being an entrepreneur and having an enterprise. It’s not easy.

    • Jason Stambaugh

      I think I’d like to read that book…

  • Lis

    Just had to comment that your “Ugh” remark made me laugh out loud.

  • Jim Woods

    Success brings more demands and additional work.  It also brings more distractions and time management becomes even more difficult. 

  • Liz Perry

     Ahh – I needed this today.  Thank you so much for your transparency – it’s truly refreshing.

  • Jason Stambaugh

    Thanks for chiming in Tony! Looking forward to seeing your face here more in the future. 

  • Jackie Anderson

    Congratulations. Now for all of “us” to have such opportunity to influence as we use the resources and put them into practice.  As mothers of teens, summer camp directors, business administrators, doctors, lawyers and Indian chiefs.
    To learn from failure, because we attempted, and success because of all the people in with us together.
    Sincerely grateful and together with you!

  • Kent Julian

    A problem is just an opportunity looking for a solution. 

    I try to remember this little saying no matter what problem I face.

    Another reat post, Michael. As always, thanks for sharing your journey with us. 

    • Barry Hill

      I am sooooo “borrowing” that one! :)

      • Kent Julian

        My pleasure :)

  • Joy Groblebe

    That’s a great analogy!

  • Joy Groblebe

    Thomas, a pastor of mine stated “If you want the strength of the ox…you have to be ready to deal with the poo.”  :)  

  • Pam

    God is keeping Bill and I very busy in relationship ministry, (Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti is still the most popular) . We traveled 230 days last year, and this year, from Christmas thru my birthday May 21, I was only home in my bed, in my house 31 days. We absolutely LOVE what we do, but the lawn still needs mowed, groceries shopped for, and friendships here at home nurtured. But like all things, success at least gives you funds to address the needs! So I praise God for success . . . and it is also helpful funding college educations, weddings, grandkid outings:)  Yep, Lord, keep us busy helping people become “Love-Wise” . Our mentor Jill Briscoe says “There is a difference between being tired IN ministry and being tired OF ministry, it is ok to be tired IN ministry.” Praying for your busy life now Michael!

  • Wanda L Ball

    Even though I haven’t experienced any of Michael’s success problems as yet, I find myself spreading myself too thin when running my publishing company, blogging,  being a children’s Sunday school teacher, choir member, speaker, wife and mother.  These are all successful positions, but I need to manage time better! As there is never enough of it… 

  • Togilvie

    I believe one of the greatest challenges with facing problems
    during success is the ability to recognize, respond, and realize.
    You must recognize that problems become greater when success
    becomes greater. Respond to the problem, issue, or person because
    success will not fix what you have to fix. Realize the fact that you have
    achieved success and don’t let nothing stop you from being
    who you were called to be.

  • Adam Faughn

    Such a true article. I once heard a preacher deliver a series of sermons called “I Want the Church to Grow, but Do I Want any More People.” I asked for his permission, and developed the sermons into my own series. We want people to be saved, but those of us in the ministry know it will mean more work. It’s work we love, but it is still work!

  • Lynn G

    HI Michael, your personal page states that you cannot respond personally to emails, so to leave a comment on BLOG…I recently purchased Platform and want to let you know that I am very excited, however, in trying to download the PDF files for How to write a winning Non-Fiction and Fiction Book proposal, both files seem corrupt or the link must be broken. I DO have Adobe, the latest version, however, the links just stand still. wonder if you can directly send the PDF files to my email address? It would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks, much love and success to you!!

    • Michael Hyatt

      That is the first complaint we have had; regardless, I will have Tricia, my assistant, contact you. Thanks.

  • Dale Melchin

    Oh, also had the that Grey’s book that you mentioned when I went into work.  I almost guffawed when I saw it.  Also, I’m stealing you’re question at the end routine. ;-)

  • Adam Rico

    This is such a wise post. Yes, success can bring us down as well as failure. 

    As Stephen Covey said (my paraphrase), 

    “You can only deal with change when you know what’s changeless about you.” 

    When we have a solid foundation in knowing our values the circumstances of life won’t be able to change us.

    Sounds like you are handling this with grace and kindness. 

  • Danna

    I wish I had a clone when I get asked to speak at amazing conferences and retreats, but I’m already booked!

  • Holly

    Amazing set of problems to have, Mr. Hyatt. Well done, by the way. I adore your podcast and leadership stories. You are an inspiration to the masses! ~Holly in South Korea 

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Holly. I appreciate that.

  • pastorswife2020

    I’ve found problems with failure help keep one grounded and more humble. Successes can make you forget the struggles of others or even the struggles you faced to get there. I think a healthy balance of both and a recognition that all things comes from the hand of a loving God who has our best interests at heart. My vote is for recognizing that it’s not just your or my successes that count, but how it pleases God.

  • Freddie Daniells

    Used to have a mentor/colleague who used to describe the problems that you speak of as ‘high quality problems’. These were the problems that you want to have due to success, rather than the problems you might otherwise have. More recently someone described them to me as ‘champagne problems’ which is my now favourite term. We all want ‘champagne problems’!

  • Anna B

    Wow, what a great community here! My success problem is mostly with confidence. I’ve heard several writers describe it as ‘fraud syndrome’. It’s that fear that someday someone will realize you’re just winging it, that you’re not really qualified to do this, that you’re not really ‘a professional’. Of course, I am qualified, or I wouldn’t be getting paid for my work. But, there’s always that feeling of getting away with something…

    In addition, since I am building up my business while still keeping my full time job, I can get overwhelmed with the long days while I’m also building a relationship with a great boyfriend and trying to continue nurturing my relationships with God. :-) 

  • Forehomeremodeling

    Hello. My name is Robert Very. I own a full service home remodeling company. We are in our eighth year of business and have never been busier! Thank you, Lord. We have been so steadily busy since the year started that I needed to hire another person. My good ‘problem’ is that I am having to become more flexible in my own capacity as I have effectively replaced what I used to do on the job site. I now have others doing those tasks. I am still there full time on the jobs, but I now get to train them how I do things and duplicate myself since I have yet to find the time machine that would allow me to do just that with no additional help. Ha! Seriously though, learning to let go and let others help is big hurdle for me, speaking as an only child, but I highly recommend it. It is allowing me to still do what I love, train others better, help people, and more effectively walk in Gods plan for my life. God bless

  • Amber

    Great post! I haven’t read many resources on the trouble with success but it is something I’ve struggled with for the 13-year lifespan of my company. I stay slammed with work every day and respond to frustrated clients, it seems, continually. Ironically I usually feel like a failure. LOL. When people ask “how’s business,” I remark about having the best problem of all – more work than I could ever realistically accomplish but there is a very deep ache because I’m not satisfying customers. And the problems with this success are adding employees or subcontractors… Which seems to only exacerbate the issue. So today’s post reminded me to just relax and realize the source of the issue is success and to live as such. To let go of feelings of failure, walk in faith each day, looking to God for guidance about each next step. Today’s reading in “Jesus Calling” was about the mind leaping from problem to problem and causing us to become entangled in our worries – rendering us ineffective and anxious. But if we put on our blinders to the world and it’s traffic, we can step confidently into each next task and build or trust in God along the way. What a relief.

  • Jared Elmquist

    Problems are not the only thing that come with success or pursuing our gifts.  I call it “the burden of the gift”.  The thing(s) a person enjoys and finds pleasure in come with responsibilities and decisions at some point that are not always easy to make.

  • Malachi Dingis

    One of the things that annoyed me the most with the tiny success I’ve had, is that people then associate you with the talent or ability that made you successful. This means dealing with people who only want something from you, and that can be quite discouraging.

    Still, I’d take those success problems instead of the lazy and indifferent problems I now face.

  • Malachi Dingis

    The thing that annoyed me the most, with the very little success I’ve had, is that people know you only because of the talent or abilty that you have, and not the person you are. This was discouraging, especially for me, becasue the people you dealt with daily all of a sudden don’t really know who you are.

    Still, I’d take thos “success problems” instead of the lazy and indiferent problems I have now. Oh well…

  • Edi Balian

    Happy to hear that Success is bring GOOD CHALLENGES!

    Better to have these kinds of problems than the reverse.

    Best of luck with the book – I’m not surprised.


  • Andrew

    One success problem I’m currently experiencing has to do with having too many people ask for my services. For a long time it was like pulling teeth for someone to give me a chance to be their web developer. Now it seems like I turn down at least one project every week. I’m a people pleaser by nature so this doesn’t just come across as mere irony; it actually hurts to say no. Some of these project offered to me sound more promising than the ones I’ve already committed to pursuing, or they would put me in touch with influential people, but I already have a full plate. I’m not sure I would have ever seen this coming.

  • Elsa Arend

    Thank you for this post Michael. I heard your interview on Dave Ramsey’s podcast last night and I looked you up. I am the proud owner of your book and should soon receive the special bonus gift soon.

    Your post hit home for me because my recent success has created a lot of problems for me. I have never considered that problems are inevitable and I would rather them come from my success versus anything else. Wow, that is certainly an interesting way to look at things. Thank you for your willingness to pour into so many people you have never met. Its inspiring! All the best, Elsa Arend (Charlotte, NC)

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Elsa. I appreciate that.

  • brentmkelly

    Congrats on your success Michael.  I have been enjoying your book thoroughly.  Obviously, these are good problems to have, but are still problems.  I guess success just breeds a new set of challenges.  All the best.

  • Fokke

    I know firsthand that starting something new and getting success results in unforeseen problems. Best advice I ever got was not to focus too much on them. They tend to arise in areas you wouldn’t think if when you are before a change.

    Your book is going to create new things for people and help a lot of people.

  • Chip Dizard

    What a great question. Success can also breed jealousy from colleagues.  In your book Michael you talk about the “WOW” and how easy it is to mediocre, that is so true.  I find myself imagining what it would be like to have a launch like you had and then preparing myself mentally.  You never really know some things unless you have been through them, but I know by example you can learn some valuable lessons.

    1. I ordered my book at 2 a.m a few days ago. and was anxious to read it, but the autoresponder didn’t come. 
     2. I emailed your assistant and she replied promptly with a courteous reply.

    Lessons learned: without a team in  place it’s hard to manage a large amount of success. And follow up and follow through is as important as the product itself.

    Here’s to success! 

  • William Brust

    Frankly, I can’t wait to have those kinds of problems.

  • KirraAntrobus

    Excellent post. Thank you. Even though my blog isn’t highly trafficked yet, I’m realizing bit by not that having a popular blog will bring with it a lot of extra work, and, dare I say, problems. But like you, I’ll take those over not being successful.

  • Terry Morgan

    Michael, I sent in my Amazon receipt from my Platform purchase weeks ago, then re-sent the email two more times and have yet to get any confirmation, links, or response of any kind… is there something else I need to do?

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