To grow, we need a mountain to climb. We need something bigger than us. We need something greater than us. If not, we are not going to reach our highest potential. We are going to be where we are. Without a mountain to climb, there can be no growth. But for it to make sense, it has to be your own mountain. It has to be something that you really want to do. It has to be something that is keeping you up at night. It has to be your dream. It has to be what you are passionate about. If it is not what you are passionate about, stay away from it. Because no one can force you to climb a mountain. Because no one can force you to do what you do not want to do, not even yourself. Because you are in charge of your life. Because you are a unique human being. For that reason, whatever you are doing, If you do not love it, do not do it. If you do not love it, stay away from it. If you do not love it, find something better. It is important to love what you do. Because the beginning of everything Is always lonely. It is always difficult. It is always challenging. Why is that? Because it is just the beginning. Because you are a novice. Because you haven't done it before. It is your first time of trying it. Because nobody cares about it. Because nobody believes in it. But if you have the courage to finish what you start, no matter what, Success is yours. Success is when you didn't give up. And to win, you must believe in yourself. Because when you believe in yourself, That is success. That is getting to the top. And that is why you need a mountain.
Friedrich Nietzsche famously said, “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” Life is not supposed to be without adversity. When you face adversity, when things are not working out for you, when you are struggling to make things happen, do not get frustrated. Remain calm. Focus on what you are doing. Focus on what is going well for you. Do not let temporary difficulties stop you from doing your best work.
Henry Thomas Hamblin said, “It is not possible to have an easy life and, if it were possible, then life would not be worth living, for the sole object of life is the building of character and the attainment of wisdom through experience.”
Adversity advances us. It takes us from where we are to where we want to be. We grow when we overcome obstacles. We grow when we overcome adversity. We grow when we face our fears. We grow when we stretch our muscles.
And if we want to go somewhere, we must face obstacles. We must do what we don’t want to do. We must get out of our comfort zone. Because there is no growth in the comfort zone. It is just that- comfort zone.
When you face difficulties, do not run away from them. Explore what they have in store for you. Explore what you can learn from them. Explore how you can use them to change your life. Explore how you can use them to improve yourself. Without self improvement, you cannot change your situation. To improve yourself is to improve your life. And to improve your life is to live, to achieve greatness.
Do not worry about failure. Worry about improving yourself, your life. And you can’t do that if you are not willing to swim with adversity, if you are not willing to get your hands dirty.
Get your hands dirty. Life will always get your hands dirty. How you choose to handle it is your choice. Because life is all about making choices. So if you want to face adversity, you must be willing to get your hands dirty.