“Unless a man undertakes more than he can possibly can do, he will never do all that he can.”- Henry Drummond, Scottish biologist and writer
That is how we grow. That is how we do great things. You cannot grow if you don’t challenge yourself. You cannot grow if you don’t try the impossible. If you want to live a better life, you have got to do more. If you don’t do more, you won’t get more.
Many people want to achieve success, but they don’t want to do the work. Work strengthens us. It builds our muscles. It builds our inner selves. It reveals our true selves to us. If you do not do your work, your work will do you.
To grow yourself, you must do your work. You are responsible for doing your work. Do not delegate your real work. And if you want people to respect you, to follow, to trust you, always do your work. Do not tell people what you can do. Just do it. Just show it. Because work is hard. Talk is cheap. Jean de La Fontaine said, “By the work one knows the workman.” By your work, people will know you.
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.