LEARNING FROM ADVERSITY AND DEFEAT
The central theme of this principle may be stated in a simple sentence: While the circumstances of life are such that everyone must undergo a certain amount of temporary defeat, you can ﬁnd hope in the knowledge that every such defeat carries with it the seed of an equivalent or a greater beneﬁt.
At ﬁrst blush you may ﬁnd it difﬁcult to accept this statement, but let us examine the ‘evidence before we pass judgment on its soundness.
Everyone knows that failure and physical pain are the language in which nature speaks to all men and every living creature. This language makes men humble so they may acquire wisdom and understanding. And it is remarkable but true that the turning-point at which a person begins to attain success usually is deﬁnitely marked by some form of defeat or failure.
Recognition of this fact may mark the most important turning point of your life, since it may lead you to the astounding discovery that defeat need not be accepted as failure, and that so-called failures represent only temporary defeats which may prove to be blessings in disguise.
Everyone who has been accepted by the world as a success has undergone defeat comparable with the scope of his success. From this fact it may be discerned that defeat should be accepted merely as a testing factor which permits you to discover the source and the nature of your inner power of thought.
Don’t fear defeat. It may reveal to you powers you didn’t know you possessed.