The Shape of an L on Our Forehead

Lisa Rice wrote this.

Failure, obstacles, tribulation and quandaries.

Funny how those words sound depressing and even dreary yet we’ve all experienced them at one time or another.

Was it an exam? A business venture? An audition? A relationship? Put a check next to several of those for me!

The question is what do we do with them?

Learn from our failures?

Move past the obstacles?

Press through tribulation?

Fix the quandary?

If I’m honest with myself, every failure, obstacle, tribulation and quandary I’ve faced molded me into someone better.

Studying people fascinates me. One of the best resources to feed my habit is reading biographies. Take some time to discover the back-story of yesterday’s and today’s headline makers and you’re sure to unearth a treasure trove of life lessons.

The business icon, actor, musician and politician we might consider a success often traveled a rocky path leading up to it. It’s how they handled adversity that becomes intriguing.

Did they become stronger, more sensitive, incredibly resilient or wildly interesting?

I came across the video below several months ago and have found myself returning to it more than once. Usually when life has handed me a beating. It culminates with the statement, “If you’ve never failed, you’ve never lived.”

Put it that way and failure doesn’t sound so bad after all.

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