Let us take a new look at an old word - ADVERSITY. Adversity, we all have our share of it. Yet, all the while we have been trying to avoid it like a plague. Today, I'd like to invite you to look at this word from a very different perspective. If you can start seeing ADVERSITY as something you desperately need in order to succeed, your life would have been much more pleasant and successful right away! If you can starting seeing adversity as an important ingredient of success, you will rejoice at the fact that it is accessible to all of us right here right now absolutely FREE OF CHARGE!!!
Well, then you might say, I have enough of it already, why am I still not successful? You have to treat it the right way in order for it to work for you. Most people do not treat it right. They resent and reject it. Rather than using adversity as a measure of their qualities, they use adversity as an excuse for their weaknesses.
American author, educator and presidential adviser, Booker T Washington once said that "Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome."
Without adversity, what else can we measure our qualities against? How else can we know how far we can go - if we have no obstacles to overcome? That is why we need adversity like we need oxygen to live. The good news is that adversity is every where. We only have to look around us to see that it comes in so many different and all possible forms.
Adversity comes in the human form of your oppressors, opponents, competitors and even friends (jealous ones). Adversity comes in the form one difficult set of circumstances after another. Adversity comes in the serious lack of time you have on any given day to accomplish your mission. Adversity comes in the severe lack of resources that you badly need to even survive not to mention thrive! What natural resources (or natural endowment) did Singapore have (other than the best of human spirit) to survive as a newly independent island city state in the back in the 1960s?
Identifying adversity is the first step. The second step is to adopt the right attitude towards it. And there can really only be one right attitude towards adversity - accept it, make use of it like plants make use to fertilizers to grow. So that we can succeed despite it; and not fail because of it!