“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit.” Napoleon Hill

Adversity is a part of the human condition. No one goes through their life without encountering setbacks at one time or another.

Some of these setbacks can be more serious than others such as the loss of a loved one, financial loss and/or the loss of one’s health.

Of most significance is how we handle adversity.

Adversity can both benefit and harm our personal development.

Do we let ourselves be overwhelmed by it or do we stand up to it, get through it and become stronger for it?

Recently I read a book by Laura Hillenbrand entitled Unbroken. It told the story of a World War 11 Army Air Corp bombardier named Louie Zamperini whose plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean due to engine failure. Louie found himself stranded on a tiny raft with two other men. Drifting for weeks and thousands of miles, they endured starvation and thirst, sharks and hugh waves. Finally, they are captured by a Japanese military boat. Louie is then sent to one of the cruelest Japanese POW camps under the control of Corp. Mutsuhiro Watanabe, a brutal sadist who repeatedly beats up and tortures Zamperini. It is an incredible tale of adversity and one man’s indomitable will to survive against insurmountable odds and who refused to be broken.

No one can control their life completely. There are times when we are out of control and when people and events come at us in unexpected ways.

The purpose of this blog is to point out the ways in which you can more effectively handle adversity.

Definition of Adversity

Webster’s Dictionary defines adversity as “a condition of suffering, destitution, or affliction.”

How To Handle Adversity

The key to handling adversity is to develop resilience.

Webster’s Dictionary defines resilience as “an ability to recover from or adjust easier to a misfortune or change”.

In order to build up our resilience, we need to follow these 4 steps:

1. Establish strong supportive relationships with people that foster encouragement, love and trust.

2. When adverse change occurs (which can often be painful) try to acknowledge and accept what has occurred. Such acknowledgment and acceptance will ultimately allow you to go forward and move on.

3. Use your strengths to deal with adversity and ask yourself how you have handled difficult situations in the past.

4. Take action in order to deal with difficult circumstances even if it is in small steps.


Adversity is something we cannot avoid in our lives.

Adversity tests our character and directly impacts our personal development.

To allow yourself to lead a more productive and fulfilling life, try utilizing some of the steps mentioned above.



About the author: Bob

Bob is a businessman, athlete, and entrepreneur who is passionate about helping people progress personally through better self-awareness.


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