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How To Overcome Adversity In Life And Find Success

Learning how to respond to adversity is what differentiates ordinary people from successful people.

Adversity is challenging and filled with many obstacles in the way of the goals you want to achieve. Maybe some of the goals you have are:

  • Losing weight and gaining muscle
  • Creating a successful business
  • Finding your soulmate

Each of these have their own obstacles and problems along the way before you can achieve any of them.

However, the one thing in common that you need to have in order to achieve any of these goals is: Having a strong mind that allows you to overcome any problems in life.

And in this blog post, I am going to share with you how to shape your mind in order to deal with the challenges life throws at us.

So let’s get started.


1. Failure Is Just Another Great Learning Experience

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Thomas Edison

When you are trying to reach an ambitious goal for the first time, you are most likely going to fail. 

According to Fundera:

  • 20% of small businesses fail within their first year
  • 50% of small businesses fail within their fifth year.

What this means for you is that when you are setting an ambitious goal such as starting a business there are going to be many failures along the way.

This is completely normal when you are first starting out because you don’t know what works and doesn’t work in real life, and this applies to everything that you want to do in life.

That’s why instead of taking the failure as a loss and giving up, use it as an experience to use in your next business and learn from your mistakes.

It’s all about putting things in perspective. When you realize that the path you were on doesn’t work, that’s one less path you need to try before you find success.


2. Consistency Is Key To Pushing Through Adversity

Consistency is also another magic ingredient that many successful people use when they are trying to push through adversity.

Successful people understand that if they don’t take action towards their goal, then they will not reach their goal.

This means:

  • Continuing to take action even if they fail along the way
  • Continuing to take action when they don’t feel like it
  • Continuing to take action and make sacrifices to achieve their goal.

They understand that if they continue to work every day, even if they feel that there is no progress towards their goal, they are actually making progress.

After they get enough momentum off the ground, they will start to realize that all the small daily actions they have been taking every single day add up to a huge force later in the future.

It’s all about creating the momentum for yourself and setting yourself up with a solid foundation for any future opportunities.

Plus, ideas form every day you are working towards your goals, helping you find more opportunities.

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3. Find Like-Minded People To Support You When Things Get Tough

There’s a reason why successful people connect with other successful people because 5 great minds are better than 1 when trying to deal with a problem.

When you are surrounded by people who don’t care about their goals and complain about their problems in life…

You are more than likely going to be influenced and complain about how life is unfair.

That’s why you need to find people with similar values to help support you when things get tough.

This is really important because with any goal there are going to be setbacks and there will be times that you have no clue how to solve it.

Having another perspective on how to deal with a problem makes it much easier to find a solution, as multiple people with similar values are trying to help you get out of it.


4. Take Care Of Both Your Mental And Physical Health

When things get tough you have to make sure to take care of both your mental and physical health.

When life becomes hard and challenging you may be prone to:

  • Overworking
  • Giving up and neglecting your health
  • Falling into a minor depression

What your physical body feels will affect your mind and vice versa.

That’s why exercise is incredibly important because it gives you the energy and proper mindset to tackle these problems when things get tough.

It’s also important to take care of your mental health by taking breaks and relaxing with friends from time to time as a minor depression can easily spiral into something uncontrollable.

Take care of yourself and things will get better over time.


5. Get Used To Rejection

Rejection is part of life. There’s no getting away around it and you will face rejection in your life sooner or later.

Rejection hurts. It feels like they are attacking you personally even though in most cases they aren’t talking about you.

This could be a:

  • Job interview
  • Relationship
  • Cold email to a client

Don’t take it personally and you want to put things in perspective that you are one person closer to finding the right person.

When you take this perspective, you start to understand that rejection is part of the process and you are sifting through the people to find the right fit.

This would put you in a better framework to handle rejections in the future.



Having a strong mind is essential to overcoming adversity. It’s all about having the proper perspective on life as well as the right mindset in facing obstacles.

I talked about how you should be able to take failure as a learning experience and to always be consistent in your goals every single day. I then talk about why it’s important to be surrounded by people with similar values when things get tough, as well as taking care of both your physical and mental health in times of adversity. Finally, I talked about the importance of getting used to rejection and how to shift your mindset.

Which tip did you find most helpful? Let me know in the comments below!

Anthony Nebel

Anthony Nebel is a full-time copywriting freelancer and obsessed with self-development. Join Anthony here on his blog to learn more about self-development and marketing. Anthony has done tested journaling, meditation, and a healthy lifestyle and noticed an improvement in the quality of his life.

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