Thomas Edison, at an age when most of us would wish to retire, came home one late evening to eat dinner. A man burst into his home, interrupting him. He had dire news: there was a fire at his research facility.
At age sixty-seven, Edison arrived on the scene to see his campus ablaze.
One would imagine this is the point when Edison drops to his knees and screams out “Why me?” or some other exclamation.
However, Edison searched out his son and requested he go get his mother. Edison excitedly told his son, “They’ll never see a fire like this again.”
Naturally, Edison’s son thought he had lost his mind, and rightfully so. All of his experiments, things that could likely never be replicated, were burning to the ground.
“Don’t worry. It’s all right,” Edison said with calm, “We’ve just got rid of a lot of rubbish.”
In this, Edison revealed the true nature of amor fati – choosing to love your fate, no matter what.
Not only was he not broken-hearted, he was revitalized.
So revitalized, in fact, that despite losing over $23 million (in today’s dollars, $1 million at the time), he was able to persevere and make over $200 million ($10 million, then).
Now, think how will you react if even 50% of such a tragedy strikes you?
You can’t change destiny but how you react to situations is completely in your hands. Most importantly have faith in your talent and keep honing your skills. Believe in yourself that you will always go for the best and try to be the best in what you do. If you have this belief then extreme tragedies will become just a roadblock which can only delay your journey not the end it.
Focus on your strengths. Surround yourself with people who uplift you. Ignore the noise from the surroundings that keeps telling you that you are not good enough. Be positive at any point of time.
If you believe you are a winner then you will always eak out a win.