Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.
Another great quote that reminds us that we don’t exert control over every aspect of our lives. At the risk of sounding crude, crap happens sometimes. What we can control, on the other hand is how we overcome these circumstances and react to it. Read this great article by Mark Manson for more.
Also, it’s not just the bad stuff you have to remind yourself to react positively to – there are times where good stuff happens to you (like an unexpected job interview). You ALSO need to be able to react properly to these, and seize the opportunity whenever that happens.
In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.
This quote reminds us to always believe in yourself and your own abilities. This is something that nobody else will tell you – success always starts in your mind. We need to recognize this fact, and make sure our mental game is always up to scratch.
If you don’t believe me, all you need to do is look up and self-help books, business books or advice given by any of the top successful people out there. I don’t care if it’s Michael Jordan or Warren Buffett or Tim Ferris – it’s almost always about how you think and your general outlook on life.
Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.
In life you are almost definitely going to face some challenges, and some of them you might fail at. But you know what? That’s okay too, because what really separates the adults from the kids table, is how well you handle these challenges as much as whether you clear the challenges or not. We need to realise that life is difficult, and it’s generally the case where when you work for something hard, you’ll feel much better about it compared to when it is just handed to you on a silver platter.
Accepting victory can also be a dilemma for most people. This is because we are raised in a general culture of being humble and not wanting to show off. Now while those traits are still admirable, you need to remember that if you succeed because of your hard work and determination, then it’s perfectly fine to be proud of your own achievements. I never understood the people who were shy of being recognized of their successes. We live in a world that celebrates risk taking, innovation and hard work. Be proud if you (or your parents if you’re rich) have done so and succeeded. Having said that, there is still a fine line between being proud, and being arrogant.
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