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Is there a word to define a person who with will, stubbornness, hard work and determination faces problem and solves them? “Problem-solver” probably doesn’t fit because it involves mostly mental work. Who I have in mind is someone who takes responsibility and with hard work gets out of problems.

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    Such a person would be called resolute. Countless other words could describe such a person.
    – user403195
    Nov 7, 2020 at 9:22
  • @ifthenelse Are you looking for a noun or an adjective, formal or informal, neutral, positive or negative? A meaningful sentence with the "word/phrase" as a blank would help.
    – Greybeard
    Nov 7, 2020 at 11:43
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    He was a Trojan - , a good guy and a hard worker. He always took the burden of responsibility and got us out of problems”.*"He's worked like a Trojan to upgrade the property and build the addition, but there's still a lot of maintenance"* (A Black Tie Affair and Other Mystery Stories By Elizabeth Elwood.) OED: b. A brave or plucky fellow; a person of great energy or endurance: usually in like a Trojan
    – Greybeard
    Nov 7, 2020 at 15:48
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    I did not downvote it. To downvote something, you need to believe that "This question does not show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful" - But you were fairly clear about what you wanted, an answer would be useful, and you've at least ruled an option. I was only noting the inconsistency so that you could clarify what exactly you were looking for :) Feb 18, 2023 at 23:08
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    Well, reading this 3 years later doesn't sound formal, but the context actually was: I was providing a performance review for a colleague who worked intensely on a project. I needed the right word to highlight the devotion and commitment she put on her work. FYI: in the end I went for "indomitable". "[...]*** worked with indomitable effort to meet the deadline and provide an outcome of excellent quality.". I don't know if it's enough formal for a performance review, but it certainly helped :)
    – ifthenelse
    Feb 20, 2023 at 14:15

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The word "tenacious" comes to mind.

"Is there a word to define a person who with will, stubbornness, hard work and determination faces problem and solves them?

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Have you looked up go-getter?

an aggressively enterprising person

[Merriam-Webster]

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  • I didn’t have in mind careerists or social climbers
    – ifthenelse
    Dec 11, 2020 at 22:06
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You could call such a person industrious. The Free Dictionary defines it as:

working energetically and devotedly; hard-working; diligent

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Some ideas:

Informal. a stubbornly persistent person.

a person who works tirelessly at a task, assumes extra duties, etc.

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The person could be called a troubleshooter. Collins has

troubleshooter
COUNTABLE NOUN

A troubleshooter is a person whose job is to solve major problems or difficulties that occur in a company or government.

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  • There seems to be a lack of "will, stubbornness, hard work and determination" in the meaning of troubleshooter.
    – Greybeard
    Nov 7, 2020 at 10:21
  • @Greybeard aren't those the qualities which are required to be one? Nov 7, 2020 at 10:22
  • Not necessarily. I suspect the best troubleshooters do their job with consummate ease.
    – Greybeard
    Nov 7, 2020 at 10:41
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    I agree with you, Greybeard. I hit upon troubleshooter as soon as I saw the question but reading further made me drop it.
    – user403195
    Nov 7, 2020 at 10:43
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    @WeatherVane Indeed I think the OP is looking for someone who always appears to be "cycling uphill".
    – Greybeard
    Nov 7, 2020 at 11:30
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I will base my answer in its most simple form. Of course derived from my mild obsession with William and his simple keen logic... The word is simply..

"Fixer" Def: he or she is the sort of person who solves problems and gets things done.

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    – livresque
    Jan 24, 2023 at 2:29
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Industrious, diligent, resilient or sedulous. I believe they were seeking more of a, "professional" definition to use. The others are synonymous, but perhaps not enough, "oomph", needing a more, "mature", word, to emphasize the,"appreciation", for the colleague.

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