Have you ever heard the famous quote, "Failure is the key to success?" If you haven't, I'm sure you can read through one of my blogs and find it written there several times, in many different forms. It's funny, by now I know rationally that the statement couldn't be more true, yet the magic only happens when I am faced with pain, suffering or failure, and decide to do something about it.

Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.

Something that my future self will thank me for. Like, write, read, exercise, eat well, work extra hours, anything that gives my mind a break from thinking about the one thing that's been bringing me down. That is when I realize, yeah, failures can lead to successes beyond our wildest dreams, if we let them.

What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.
Remember the two benefits of failure. First, if you do fail, you learn what doesn’t work; and second, the failure gives you the opportunity to try a new approach.

Because at the end of the day, we are humans, and the last thing we want to feel is pain or suffering.  

I believe there comes a point in everyone's days, weeks or lives that they throw in the towel on the suffering, on the pain, and say, "I don't want to feel this anymore." So they learn from their mistakes and they get better. Yes, this may be of course after allowing themselves to be the victim for a while. Sit in their sadness and wallow in their own self pity (been there). But I do genuinely believe most people want more than the victim card. And when this realization hits, that's when something shifts. They have no other choice but to work harder, longer, faster, and before they know it, they do succeed bigger. Whether its in their personal life, business life or anything in between.

Poverty was the greatest motivating factor in my life.
— Jimmy Dean

We need to be thankful for the downs because without them, we would just ride this stationary bike through life. We wouldn't feel the ups, we wouldn't go the extra mile because we wouldn't have to. If we didn't fail, we wouldn't have a reason to work harder, longer, better. If we didn't know how it felt to hit rock bottom, how would we have the dedication to never hit it again? To succeed so much higher to not have to dwell down there anymore? The drive and motivation would not be there. And that, my friends, makes all the difference. 

Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.

And along the way as we work towards these goals we place for ourselves, we hit new rock bottoms all over again, that tend to come out of absolutely now where. But these new lows, then allow us to excel even more. Like I always say (if you read all of my rants) life is cyclical. Its unfair, uneasy, but absolutely beautiful. It's the best gift we could be given. This, in my opinion, is something worth remembering.