Hurdles Define Your Success

“Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”


Hurdles Define Your Success
“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” ― Michael Jordan


Sounds strange though, but the fact is that if you find any path that has no obstacles, it’s probably not going to lead you anywhere.

It goes without saying again that all of us have been born with a mission to complete in life and are fully within our rights to do what we want.

However, life is full of difficulties and hurdles, which need to be overcome at any cost to get ahead and emerge victorious ultimately.

This is possible only when we overcome our inner negativities and look at everything with a positive attitude.

A person’s real disability comes from within. It is specially when we succumb to self-defeat and throw up our hands in a negative situation, thinking that it’s beyond our control, which is the biggest mistake.

The following tips will help you overcome any perceived disability or hurdle that comes along the way:

1. Focus on Positives rather than Negatives

Staying positive in the phase of all obstacles is the basic key to ultimate success. Life has and will keep on throwing the rope at you from time to time, but accepting your bad times the way you enjoy your good times is advisable.

Research has shown time and again that adopting a negative attitude leads to a weak mindset and negative results.

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2. Never Say Die

If you look at a random sample of 100 successful people, you will see that all of them, at least in their formative years, have faced innumerable difficulties and hurdles.

The present CEO of a ‘Fortune 500‘ company may have had to take a hundred interviews before he landed his first job at the bottom of the ladder.

What made him win then? It was his never-say-die attitude, no matter how roughly life may have treated him in the past.

He firmly believed that an opportunity for him lurked somewhere and one day, the Sun would inevitably shine in his life.

3. Challenge Your Obstacles & Keep Trying New Things Daily

As you get up in the morning, start your day by thinking of the challenges ahead. It may be as trivial as trying to reach the kitchen loft on a broken ladder or as major as facing a critical job interview.

Think hard about the nature of the challenge and the hurdles you are likely to face. Once you identify these, you will see that the strategies for overcoming them also keep pouring out. This effort to perpetually keep trying, no matter what, certainly counts.

4. Are You Happy?

Ask yourself everyday if you’re actually happy. It’ll help you identify any causes that are making you unhappy and you’ll automatically start finding ways to make changes.

Sometimes people with negative attitudes make others unhappy. If you happen to be a victim of such company, stay away from them.

5. Stop Comparing Yourself with Others

A major self-generated hurdle is a tendency to measure ourselves against others. ‘Why is it that he can while I can’t’, is something we keep asking ourselves. Wrong attitude.

It’s when you set your own goals and start moving towards them, try and find fun with the journey, while also celebrating each success, no matter how tiny it may be along the way.

The legendary baseball player, Joe DiMaggio was out of the game for a good two years due to an ankle injury.

He came back to play the last game of his career, scored zero and retired. However, it was his joy in participating that was important to him and to have physically “left the field forever,” as he said.


The next time you face obstacles in your path, count them as blessings, instead of viewing them as hurdles or difficulties.

It’ll pay more if you help out someone who’s struggling, too. It’ll be a great learning experience and make you realize that disability is all in the mind and life is as hard only as you make of it.


Written By: Biproarshi Guha



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