This is part 1 in the series: RESILIENCE

Adversity is necessary

Let’s talk about resilience. Resilience in an object is the ability to bounce back after being compressed. A resilient person is one who recovers quickly after adversity. In this series of blogs, I’m going to teach you how to be resilient.

Let’s start with a quote from 19th Century Pastor and Theologian, Charles Spurgeon:
“We cannot be established except by suffering. It is of no use our hoping that we shall be well rooted if no March winds have passed over us. The young oak cannot be expected to strike its roots so deep as the old one. Those old gnarlings on the roots and those strange twistings of the branches all tell of many storms that have swept over the aged tree but they are also indicators of the depth into which the roots have dived.”

That’s it. Everything I write after his quote is redundant. (Though I do hope you’ll read on.)

Adversity is the necessary ingredient for resilience. Success requires hardship.

So I started with a Protestant pastor and I finish this quote with a confirmed Atheist. The man who invented the phrase “God is dead.” Friedrich Nietzsche said, “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” There you have it, pastors and atheists agree! Adversity is the necessary ingredient for success.

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