Pity the Man
It’s a basic human fact: Adversity breeds success for those willing to conquer it.
We live in a changing world—especially in the West. Entitlement has crept into our collective mindset. More and more people are expecting results without putting in the work. But a recent growth of self-entitled attitudes aren’t going to change fundamental truths of nature brought on by millions of years of human evolution.
No matter what, to get the results you want, you must suffer. You must fall, fail, and experience setbacks to learn rudimentary truths about life and success within it. You must face and battle Resistance. You must work and endure hard times to get better at your craft—whether it is athletics, art, business, being a Soldier, etc.
From that suffering you’ll find yourself. You’ll learn your limits or lack thereof. You’ll learn how to fall and get back up. You’ll learn to adapt to your environment. That’s what separates the Michael Jordans and Bill Gates’ of the world from the ones who will quickly be forgotten about.
As writer Steven Pressfield put it, “It’s better to be in the arena, getting stomped by the bull, than to be up in the stands or out in the parking lot.”