It has been said that life provides opportunities for you to grow, often through trials and tests. Many times, those trials and tests challenge us and push us to our limits, and even beyond where we thought we could go. Though my journey hasn’t been nearly as rough as others, I have had some bumps along the way, some hurdles to overcome, and some hardships to deal with.  Along that drive, one of the things that I have learned is that everything will not go your way or in your favor, but in each case, there is an opportunity for you to learn and to grow. Many of those life lessons were learned the hard way, and came with scars and bruises.

           It begins with childhood where, in order to learn to walk, you first must learn to crawl.  However, that transition from crawling to walking is where the bumps and bruises come from.  You have to fall several times before you get the walking portion under control. The same goes for riding a bicycle. Especially with little boys who seem destined to learn every childhood lesson the hard way, it typically takes several falls, many scrapes and bruises, before you can ride fluidly, turn, brake, and so forth.  In both of those instances, the key isn’t falling, but it is in what happens after the fall!


In life you will fall, but you have two choices, you can get up, dust yourself off and try again, or you can stay down and give up. Therein is where your power or lack of power comes from.  All through life there are lessons and opportunities to grow based on how you react to stumbling or falling.


Mr. Richard O. Spencer, Jr., is an author, coach, entrepreneur, mentor, and motivational speaker whose mission and desire is to help people live healthier, more productive lives, and discover the greatness within.

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