Personal Development Course
SUCCESS UNDER DIFFICULTIES
Our next chapter in this personal development course is on the topic of how you can learn to be successful in the face of overwhelming adversity. Too often business owners and aspiring leaders make the mistake of not taking advantage of what is right in front of them. Don't make that mistake, continue in your personal growth journey.
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Great men and women never wait for opportunities; they go out and make them. Nor do they
wait for more favoring circumstances; they seize upon whatever is at
hand, work out the problem, and master the situation.
A young man or woman who is determined will find a way - or make one.
Franklin did not require an elaborate machine to bring electricity from
the clouds; only a common kite.
As clearly evidenced throughout this personal development course, nearly every great discovery or invention that has blessed mankind has
had to fight its way to recognition, even against the greatest
opposition of men and institutions.
Mere surroundings or circumstance that others might call too
unfavorable should never prevent a young man or woman from striking out
to become their level best. Victories that are easy, are cheap. However, victories worth achieving, come as a result of hard work and perseverance.
"Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them."
- Washington Irving
Throughout this personal development course, an underlying theme is that "Success" is not an entitlement. There is no open door to the temple of success. Everyone who enters makes his own doorway, which
closes behind him to all others, not even permitting his own children to
Successful men and women do not attribute their success to choosing
only smoothly traveled roads. Rather, successful people exclaim with pride how they often
faced down adversity and poverty; remained steadfast in their quest for
knowledge and wisdom; and learned key lessons from great minds that
walked before them.
What thing of importance could a man possibly know, if he has not known hardship in his life?
A person who has never had to fight to win a position, does not know the
highest meaning of success. He will never understand the pride and
self-acceptance that an all out effort can win.
The money acquired by those who have struggled and fought
successfully, is never their chief reward. Their main reward is the
knowledge of what they’ve proven to themselves.
We must all treat adversity like an eagle does with a blast of wind; making it a force against us that only lifts us higher.
A distinguished investigator said that when he encountered an
apparently insurmountable obstacle, he usually found himself upon the
brink of some important discovery.
While failure can destroy the weaker man, it can also lead the
success-driven man to new heights by arousing his energies, awakening
new powers that were dormant until then.
"Great men have found no royal road to their triumph. It is always the old route, by way of hard work and perseverance."
A famous judge once said to an aspiring law student preparing for the
bar exam, “To make your way past the bar, you must live like a hermit
and work like a horse. There is nothing that does a young lawyer so
much good as to be half-starved.”
Millions of aspiring leaders, who possessed great abilities, have been lost to the world
because they have not been conditioned to wrestle with obstacles or
struggle with any real difficulty. If only they had sought answers from the great leaders throughout history, by making use of a book, an audio tape or a personal development course. However, the truth is that no answers will be found for the person who is not seeking one.
Any man or woman who has triumphed over difficulties bears the signs
of victory in their face and body. An air of success is seen in every
movement as they stride along, in full pursuit of their next great
"Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional."
- Roger Crawford
Personal Development Course Activities
Complete the following exercises...
- Describe an instance in your past life when you succeeded
after overcoming a large barrier or difficulty. Explain what was
driving you to resist defeat and press onward to be successful.
- Explain a time in your life when you did not achieve a goal. What barrier or obstacle were you facing that got in the way of your success? How did you feel once you accepted defeat? Are you satisfied with your current state of determination and
- After reading this chapter in our personal development course, do you see how you might have responded differently? Explain what you need to do differently
in order to gain better results in the future.
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