Adversity makes us stronger

Tue25Jan11

Adversity is another way to measure the greatness of individuals. I never had a crisis that didn’t make me stronger.
– Lou Holtz

We cannot decide what kind of external environment will ideally suit our ambition and goals in life. There are many things which are outside our area of control. As we work towards our goals, certain situations may arise making our efforts even more difficult. The only choice we have to decide is to either continue our effort or leave it. We learn more when we go through difficulties and adverse conditions in life.

Mark Inglis is a mountaineer and a motivation speaker. He climbed Mount Everest on May 15 2006. You may ask what is so great about it? He climbed Mount Everest after both his legs were amputated. In fact, he is the first ever double amputee to climb Mount Everest. He lost his leg when he and his climbing partner Philip Doole were caught in an ice cave on Mount Cook for thirteen days. After this his legs were amputated, but he returned to Mount Cook and reached the summit successfully.

You have heard of Rudyard Kipling, the famous poet, writer and novelist? His short story was rejected by San Francisco Examiner with a covering letter, `I’m sorry Mr. Kipling, but you don’t know how to use the English language.’ Fighting against such adversities, he continued to write and worn the Noble Prize in literature in 1907, making him the first English language writer to receive the prize and he was the youngest to receive such a prize as of that date.

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