There are, of course many versions of this proverb, but all have one thing in common – the underlying belief that we need a degree of adversity for success, which is why 90% of family fortunes in America are squandered by the end of the third generation: life is just too easy…
To be successful takes skill and hard work, of course, but also a drive to succeed – a desire to keep on trying until we get it right. It’s well known that Thomas Edison made thousands of attempts at the light bulb until he got it right but, perhaps, less well-known how many people rejected Col. Sanders, or how many publishers rejected authors JK Rowling and Stephen King before they became the massive successes they went on to be.
So, we should never give up, but accept the fact that success always needs some difficulty preceding it to be sure you’re heading in the right direction.
Or, to put it another way, as American author and producer Susan Fales-Hill said, “If you’re too comfortable, it’s time to move on. Terrified of what’s next? You’re on the right track.”