I believe that life is but a series of tests. You may be asking yourself right now, “What kind of tests is life comprised of?” The answer to your appropriate question is tests of your resilience. Life is a giver of tests that will attempt to grind you down, and ultimately, break you down until you submit to the detrimental idea of success not being worth the sacrifices you have to make to achieve your goals. If you give in to mediocrity, then who is really holding you back? You are, of course! This thing known as life is literally a game of how much weight you can carry before you quit, so what will you do? Will you give up? Or will you train yourself to be able to carry more weight in spite of previous failures?
Success does not require that you are the strongest, the most good-looking, the most intelligent and so on to achieve it; however, it does require you to be a fighter. A fighter who will stand her ground and not desert it, even if it means utter sacrificial pain. That is life, you trade your industriousness and your pain for betterment. As pain is to success, as no pain is to no success. You cannot be afraid to reside outside of your comfort zone. Success is found outside of the same old, same old that impediments your growth.
You could experience the biggest “setback” today. You could lose money due to its mismanagement, property due to your lack of financial stability, or you could suddenly lose someone who is very close to you. Will you go along with the setback and actually set yourself back, or will you see it for what it really is, just another one of life’s painstaking, but makes-you-stronger-if-triumphed tests? I know how cliche this sounds, but life truly is 10% of what happens to you and 90% of how you choose to react to it. A wise axiom about life is that if you are capable enough to fail, then you are capable enough to succeed. An individual with failures under her belt is more keen than she perceives herself to be and does not credit herself enough. First off, if she cares about success so much that her failures bother her, then that is something she should congratulate herself on because that exhibits that she actually wills to succeed. Where there is determination, the way can be found. Secondly, she should not give up because if she has already invested so much time into succeeding, then she should continue to do so because her failures can make her even more powerful in future endeavors because she’s been there and done that. Finally, throwing in the towel is simply absurd when she is so invested and dedicated to achieving success that she has failed, unless her failure were intentional, which I highly doubt.
You could view unfavorable events according to the old saying, “Stuff happens!” Or you could view yourself as merely being tested by life and be a determined, dedicated, and motivated fighter who inspires others in their journeys of success. If things are going to “happen” anyway, then it might as well be for a reason, the reason being for you to grow stronger and do great things with your life. Let your life be a testament to overcoming life’s tests. The best you could possibly do for the world is show people that life is conquerable by conquering your own life. Will you accept the challenge to be a test-taking master?