As you may know, our summer interns are contributing to Daily Fuel’s editorial. Today's guest blogger, Rishi, an economics student at the University of Michigan, shares his thoughts on adversity.

How to bounce back

In all our lives, we want as many happy times as possible, seeking to avoid life’s harder lessons and downfalls. But tragedy strikes us all, as it did my family, when we unexpectedly lost a dear friend to cancer. This happened my first year of high school, and the situation hit me hard. My grades dropped to the lowest I’d ever gotten, which in turn affected my self-esteem and personal ambition. I eventually realized that I couldn’t let this situation determine my outlook on life, and I began improve - doing better in school and overall. I also learned that if there are no downs, there are no ups. When I came to this realization, I understood how crucial it is to go through tough times, as these experiences have the capacity to teach us life’s most powerful lessons.

Best-selling author Michael Zadoorian, shares his experience on how a low point in life turned into his second published book. Although he thought about quitting writing, he stayed mentally strong during a very difficult time. He understood that if he pushed through, it would help him grow as a person and as a writer.

Life’s biggest challenges can end up creating opportunities for us to achieve impossible things. Learning and exercising mental toughness in the face of our more painful experiences may often times create some of life’s sweetest victories. And keeping that thought close can be the difference between success or surrender.

Rishi

Guest Blogger:

Rishi

Student of Economics and Mental Toughness.

before you get back to work...

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Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
— Winston Churchill
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