Leadership, Success & Struggle: The trio of joy!

“We may hate opposition and struggle, but it is critical for our mental health.  Without the struggle, we would feel no joy in victory,”said Bestselling author Chris Brady in a blog-post dated two years ago  announcing his next book to be released “Trout Fisherman in Hell.”

Brady shared the following parable :

“There is an old story about a fisherman who believes he has died and gone to Heaven as he catches one perfect 2 lb trout after another.  As he sets his fly and hooks into yet one more, he can’t fathom his good fortune.  The sky is blue, the weather ideal, the fish biting like he’s never before experienced, and everything is absolutely perfect.  It is not long, however, before the realization dawns on him that he is not in Heaven at all.  Instead, as the boredom and the pointlessness settle in on him, he realizes he’s actually in Hell.”

Sometimes, it’s too beautiful, too easy to be true. Other times, it’s when it’s the darkest that the day is on its way.

Brady, who is Life Leadership CEO, said this story erased all his whiny complaints about how difficult and elusive success seems to be.

“We are actually happier and more fulfilled when overcoming opposition than when everything is easy and simply rolling our way,” Brady wrote explaining further “It is because of the way we were made.”

“Without a battle to win and an enemy to vanquish, the value of the warrior goes to zero”, he added, quoting Thomas Paine’s famous words “What we attain too cheaply we esteem too lightly.”

If we don’t earn it, we can’t enjoy it. This is profound, and it ought to provide a telling answer against all those dismal statistics that suggest that the “odds” of making it are too tall.

If we consider only statistics most of us would never get out of bed in the morning, much less find a way to force ourselves  for  next achievement in our career.

“It doesn’t matter how difficult success is or what the odds are of us “making it.”  What matters is our struggle against the opposition, the force of our will against the force of everything that would try and stop us.  Not only does it fulfill us to have something against which to push, but in the process it also makes us better.  It is the resistive weight that builds the muscles.  So ultimately, it doesn’t matter if success is hard or not, it simply matters that we pursue it anyway.”

This post is based on a Chris Brady’s blogpost.

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