“Adversity is the state in which man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.”
John Wooden was the king of basketball in his time. The hailed UCLA men’s basketball coach, he is known not only for his many championships, but also his amazing words of wisdom. This particular quote strikes home for me. He talks about adversity in one’s life. He says that adversity is the time when a person becomes most acquainted with oneself, and I am inclined to agree. When it feels like no one is supporting you, and the world is against you, you can truly learn what you are made of.
If you falter in the face of adversity; this doesn’t mean you are a bad person, but it can tell you that you need people around you and a support system. If you strive when you are against the world, then you are independent, and will be driven by your own passion alone. Think back to the last time you faced adversity (maybe it’s right now), and recall which type of person you are. Remember what it will take for you to get through that time, and push on. No one who has achieved greatness has never experienced adversity, so be ready for it, and embrace it.