Freud felt we all have an inner “death drive” that attracts us towards a state of non-being or, at the very least, to chaos. Dostoevsky — himself no stranger to dark thoughts — linked the tendency to act against your own interests with the need for self-expression and assertion […]
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Facing Work Life’s Daily Challenges
In his book, Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Lose/Learn, John Maxwell on page 221 thinks that getting stronger at our broken places depends on our attitude and our choices. He said that we can become stronger at our broken places if we choose to learn from our mistakes, correct our course, and try again.
“The world breaks everyone and afterward, many are strong at the broken places.”Ernest Hemingway/ Novel, Farewell to Arms
According to Maxwell, our failures in life (and at our broken places), as painful as they are, can be our most valuable source of learning experiences, and our greatest source of renewed strength.
“Success is how high you bounce, after you hit bottom”General George S. Paton
Perhaps, you can achieve success without hitting rock bottom. But take your mind back to when you were a toddler; the first steps, the many falls, and failed attempts. And then your steps got stable, the knees got the rhythm and walking on two feet forever became normal.
Writing something as basic as an official email requires many deletes, re-write and reviews. So also does getting a promotion or a raise at work requires many days or months of waking up, heading to work and doing all that is required. Therefore, today’s feeling of dejection, stagnation, miserableness or actual failure is only a pause; a time to reflect and take in some learnings.
“If you’re willing to accept failure and learn from it, if you’re willing to consider failure as a blessing in disguise and bounce back, you’ve got the potential of harnessing one of the most powerful success forces.”Joseph Sugarman (Author and Entrepreneur)
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