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One of the things I look for when I am recruiting, is a person who has had adversity in their life. It has been my experience that people who have had to endure hardships, are better grounded, and are better suited to persevere in developing a business. The person who has not faced adversity finds things to be “insurmountable” that the person who has endured hardship finds normal or laughable. Someone saying “no” is not much shucks to someone who has had to scratch and claw. Criticism rolls more easily off the back of the person who has faced poverty or death.  A cup of struggle now and then is a blessing for those mature enough to understand it’s value. Here is a little nugget I found in my reading today:

 

“Far from being a disadvantage, struggle is a decided advantage, because it develops those qualities which would forever be dormant without it. Many a man has found his place in the world because of having been forced to struggle for existence early in life. Lack of knowledge of the advantages accruing from struggle has prompted many a parent to say, “I had to work hard when I was young, but I shall see to it that my children have an easy time.” Poor foolish creatures. An “easy” time usually turns out to be a greater handicap than the average young man or woman can survive. There are worse things in this world than being forced to work early in life. Forced idleness is far worse than forced labor. Being forced to work, and forced to do your best, will breed in your temperance and self-control and strength of will and content and a hundred other virtues which the idle will never know.”-Napoleon Hill, The Law of Success

 


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