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Overcoming Adversity Builds Character and Resilience

The Sign ... Was a Sign

We drove past a billboard that said:  Adversity can make you Bitter or Better.  Those few words made a lot of sense to us so we took the sign….as a sign to share some thoughts about adversity. We will also mention some famous people who have endured a lot of adversity on the road to fame and fortune.  

There's No Escaping Adversity

We just have to watch the news to know adversity is all around us, no one escapes it.  Adversity is a part of life and regardless how clever or easy going we are, we will all encounter struggles, challenges, difficulties and at times heart wrenching events. 

Have you ever said thank goodness for adversity?

Thinking back to the sign that said adversity can make us bitter or better, learning to overcome adversity is what builds character and resilience.  Every challenge, every difficulty we encounter in life serves to strengthen our determination and increase our confidence to conquer future obstacles.  Adversity can bring the qualities of strength, courage and perseverance.  These qualities emerge from deep within us.

Stories of Famous People Overcoming Adversity

Did you know?   

Bill Gates’ first business failed. Yes, Bill Gates couldn't make any money at first. 

J.K. Rowling: Born to a poor family; left a bad marriage with a young baby to live on government assistance.  She wrote her first Harry Potter book and was turned down by most publishers until Bloomsbury Publishing picked it up.

Albert Einstein didn't speak until he was four years old.  Einstein didn't have the best childhood. Throughout elementary school, many of his teachers thought he was lazy and wouldn't make anything of himself.

Jim Carrey used to be homeless.  Carrey revealed to James Lipton on "Inside the Actor's Studio" that when he was 15, he had to drop out of school to support his family.  His father was an unemployed musician and eventually the family was forced to live in a van. 

Richard Branson has dyslexia.  Branson was a struggling student who didn't get good marks. Instead of giving up, he used the power of his personality to drive his success

Oprah Winfrey is one of the most successful and richest people in the world today, but Winfrey didn't always have it so easy. She grew up in Milwaukee, Wis. and was molested by a cousin, uncle and family friend.  She eventually ran away from home, and at age 14 gave birth to a baby boy who died shortly after.

What Did it Take For These People to Move Past Adversity?

Determination, resilience, and persistence enabled all of these great people to push past their adversities and prevail.  We hope learning about these people gives you inspiration, strength and courage to overcome adversities when they happen.

Starting an Online Business

Starting an online business is a journey where you will encounter some challenges along the way.  It sometimes takes determination, resilience and perseverance to tackle the steep learning curve.  Before you know it, skills that were difficult at first become second nature.

Please reach out to us so we can learn more about you and how we can assist you on on your online journey.

Bye for now!

Adrienne and Bob