This is a proverb close to my heart as it portrays the importance of pushing through. Regardless of what we want to achieve, giving up is the only thing that can put an end to our journey. Along the path to success we inevitably find obstacles, whether they are physical or only contrived by our subconscious.
The art of failure
We often see failure as proof that we are incapable of reaching our goal. However, most of the time it is to be associated with personal growth. How is that possible? Well, without failure we would never be forced by the circumstances to continue pushing through. When facing failure, we tend to lose ourselves and more than half of the people give up or choose an easier way. The other half is already a step closer to reaching their dreams.
Failure means that you’re high enough to fail, to see your first disappointment. It is said that “the darkest nights produce the brightest stars”. If you give that sentence a thought, it will become crystal clear to you that, no matter how hard it’s going to be to get back on your feet, it is definitely worth the fight. Think about it like this: a steep and exhausting climb will always lead you to the most arresting view.
What is pushing through?
Having mastered the concept of failure and accepting it, it’s time to move on to the next step: rising again. Pushing through the hardships will be a continuous process, even after failure has passed. You have to be dedicated and convinced that you can achieve what you have in mind.
The beauty of a dream or a goal is that we can’t know when we’ll reach it. This challenges us to do our best despite the uncertainty. The trick is that we should be pushing through and not give up, no matter how hard we’ve worked. What if you are one step to achieving what you’ve always dreamt of? Or what if the thing you desire is right after the bridge you refuse to pass?
The growth of an oak
I find this to be the perfect analogy. When we’re young, we’re like an acorn: planted in the world with the hope that we’ll make it. The pursuit of a dream starts fast, just like an oak starts growing. They are said to grow one-meter-high only in the first year. However, after this quick shooting up, challenges arise.
The life of an oak perfectly symbolizes the way we follow our dreams. At first, determined, and then more and more unsure. Similarly, after the first year, the rate of growth of an oak slows down. It mostly depends on whether the growth conditions are optimal or not. Oaks need sun, just like we need optimism; but they also require shade, to not be overwhelmed, in the same way, that we need failure to keep us grounded.
After pushing through this sensitive and initiating period, oaks continue to grow and can live for up to 1000 years. This shows that once reaching success, you continue to grow slowly and surely as you are already strong enough to overcome any issue you face.
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