“Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them.”– Epictetus
“It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.”- Epictetus
You can’t stop things from happening to you, but you are in charge of how you react to it. When things happen to you, don’t focus on the problems, focus on the solutions. When things happen to you, focus on what you can change. Don’t waste your time on what you cannot change.
It is not what happens that matters; it is what you do with what is left that matters. If you want to grow, you must let go of your past disappointments. Do not carry disappointments in your heart. You are better than that.
You can’t change your life by holding on to your past disappointments. If you want to experience your true life, you must do something to change your life.
According to Beverly Sills, “You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.” Yes, you are doomed if you don’t try. People don’t try because they are afraid of failure. They are afraid of other people’s opinions. They don’t want to fail. But if you have the courage to try, even if you fail, you are not a failure. You are a winner. Don’t be scared to try something new. Don’t be scared to get out of your comfort zone. Remember, no matter what it is, if you don’t try, you will never win. So if you want to win, if you want to join the top ten, you must try. You must cultivate the courage to try.
Albert Einstein said, “Failure is success in progress.” It is okay to fail. Just be patient with yourself. As Adel Bestavros once said, “… patience with self is hope…” The purpose of your life is to fail your way to success.
When you fail, be patient with yourself. Because life is a battle ground. You are here to strengthen your muscles. Rainer Maria Rilke said, “The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things.” If you want to win in your life, make failure your best friend, not your enemy.