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Is Struggle Necessary for Success?

Have you ever wondered: “If I’m really destined to live an extraordinary life, why are things so difficult?”  

I want to tell you that struggle has a purpose. How do I know? Because I’ve been there. 

I had to fight to get to where I am today. I can appreciate everything around me to its fullest because I know what it’s like to have nothing. I know what it’s like to live on someone else’s couch; I know what it’s like to watch my business fold and my bank account drain. I know what it’s like to be in a doomed marriage, struggling but never capable of making the other person happy.  

And because I know what all that is like, I can tell you that success is so much sweeter for having known failure.  

Struggle and pain are designed to remind us that we’re alive, that we have the fight in us to push us forward.  

The logical response to suffering is to find an end to it, but the successful champion in us PUSHES through the suffering to something better. Professionally, struggle leads to merit. It’s well-earned success.  

When you have crawled through hell for your success, once you arrive you can fully enjoy it. You have earned every piece of that story. Your best life comes from falling on your face a few times, picking yourself up, and pushing on. Pain is nothing more than a pit stop to remind you that you’re alive and are responsible for your own success.  

Why do I share this story? Because I hear you saying you’ve been there and tried that. I hear you saying you’re done trying new things and you’re going to stay in the security of your mediocre job. 

Well, friend, you’re missing out.  

It takes courage to face our fears. It takes courage to say, “This life isn’t for me anymore,” to look around and be utterly dissatisfied with where you’re at because you know deep down inside that you can do better.  

If we allow it to, pain can become so familiar that we become numb to it. It’s time to wake up to that ache in your heart that’s pushing you to be more and do more. It’s time to start pursuing your dreams.  

Tomorrow is too late. 

Today is what you have.  

The difference between those who succeed and those who don’t is that those who don’t become numb to the sensations of struggle. Those who succeed embrace the discomfort of pain and adapt to live life to the fullest.  

 

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