We all want to succeed. It’s part of nature to want to grow, increase, do better. We do what we can. We try to work hard, study hard, join the best company, be the best boss, have the greatest family, do everything right. Then, seemingly from nowhere, life throws you a curve ball. Something happens we were not expecting. It could be anything, a health problem, a company lay off, a typhoon, an earthquake. We may feel strong and doing great, but, as I am sure you have noticed, there are so many things that happen that we have absolutely no control over. We thought we had it made, we thought we’d done everything right, and then, suddenly something happens. We don’t feel it’s right or fair. But it happened anyway.
Did you know that most people don’t learn a lot from success? They learn from problems, from obstacles and failure. Success is great, of course, and it is what we really want, but it’s not a good teacher. Take advantage of that. You may not have much control over the problems that come your way, but there is one powerful thing that you have full control over no matter what else happens around you. You chose how you respond.
Someone told me today that “Mistakes are our teacher.” I told her that it isn’t exactly true. I know so many people who make the same mistake time and again, because they don’t stop to think and evaluate what they should be learning. But if we respond to those problems and difficulties with a positive mindset, then they become the teacher. If you are open to grow and learn, there is nothing that can help propel you forward as fast as the obstacles you meet, and there is nothing that can build character faster than challenges.
If problems bring you down, you can make excuses and stay down, or you can use the lessons to make you stronger and reach farther and higher than you even though possible.
Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out. – Art Linkletter