We all face struggles in life, whether it be personal or business trials. Sometimes the problems seem to be piling up so quickly that we fear we’ll never overcome the obstacles we’re facing. It’s during those times that sometimes we need a bit of encouragement to continue forging our way through the dark times. So today I’m sharing five quotes to overcome adversity.
It is natural to face obstacles, and no one gets through this life without some problems. But at times you’ve got to resist the temptation to give in and quit. If you want your business to grow, there will be growing pains, and lessons that need to be learned. Without struggle, there is no growth or progression. You cannot move to the next level of your business without overcoming some hurdles in your current level. Not all hurdles are potentially crippling, but when facing multiple challenges at the same time, it may feel overwhelming and you may be tempted to quit. Instead, take the following quotes and poem to heart and be encouraged.
“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” ― Maya Angelou
“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” ― Haruki Murakami
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” ― Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” ― Theodore Roosevelt
“You will face your greatest opposition when you are closest to your biggest miracle.” ― Shannon L. Alder
I was having a rough week and was encouraged by this poem that a friend shared. If you’re struggling with things in your business, life, or both, I hope this encourages you to stay the course and continue pressing through.
When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow–
You may succeed with another blow,
Success is failure turned inside out–
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit–
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.
– Edgar A. Guest