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Our Struggles Shape Us


A question I often ask when I am interviewing someone is, “tell me about some accomplishment you are most proud of?”

This question never ceases to get the interviewees to share vivid stories about their struggles and how they dealt with challenges to come out victorious.

What are we most proud of when we look back at our careers and lives? Accomplishments in the face of challenges, where we have overcome obstacles to achieve something meaningful. The bigger the struggle, the bigger the accomplishment feels.

Our struggles shape us. They bring out the best within us, and they help us grow. Yet, most of us dread facing challenges and struggles. We complain, hide, suffer self-doubt and sometimes quit, unwilling to take on the risk of the struggle.

A sense of accomplishment always follows if we stay the course and deal with our struggles.

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