5 Lessons from 2016: Finding Gratitude in the Midst of Difficulty

I write because I need to hear it myself.

Looking back on 2016,

I am grateful for the challenges I faced, despite their difficulty.

(That’s hard for me to say, because I feel like I got punched in the face repeatedly this past year.)

I would never wish setbacks nor pain on anyone, but its usually those very things that give us the opportunity to grow into our best selves.

Through difficultly, we can gain strength, story, skillself-reliance and spice.

1. Strength

Failures and weaknesses can point you in the directions you need to improve.

Failure can make you feel worthless in the moment, but if you can look past the moment, and put it aside, you’ll be able to see how failure can lead to future success and that the possibilities are endless.

2. Story

What’s a better way to relate and create connections than telling your personal story?

When you put your heart on the line and share the problems your facing, people relate and admire that. They might be going through something similar.

Story connects. Your challenge helps me get through my own (and vice versa)

3. Skill

Adapting to the challenge, seeking renaissance in our lives for the better.

4. Self-Reliance

Difficultly can show you the importance of believing in yourself.

Bad things happen, but It’s The Question, “DO I believe in MySELF” that either locks you in a mind-prison or frees you to thrive.

By believing in ourselves we can overcome any difficultly.

Belief gives us the power to think ‘if I can overcome this, I can overcome anything’.

5. Spice

Difficultly seasons us to any future setbacks we may face. 

We gain experience or life points (lp) every time we face an obstacle. 

This is where wisdom and insights can take hold. By overcoming difficultly, we can become a little more wiser, to help us weather the next storm, or help others do the same.

Remember, Challenge moves you forward.

Appreciate the opportunities challenges give you, despite their ugly wrapping.

Besides, what’s life without a little challenge?

#KeepPursuing, — Josh Waggoner, 6:45 PM EST Dec 31, 2016 | Updated 3:14 PM EST Jan 19th, 2017

Q: What have you learned from your setbacks?

(leave your A’s in the comments below, if you feel called to share)

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Honesty is Your Greatest Asset

‘Honest is the best policy’ is one of those phrases you hear over and over again until it loses it’s meaning entirely. Once a phrase ends up on a coffee mug and a dog sweater, it’s becomes background ascetics rather than practical advice. 

However, if you take a moment to let the idea sink in, it can become one of your greatest assets.

By living with honesty — being honest with yourself, and being open to sharing that with others — your impact and life can improve dramatically. Here’s why:


being real gets you furthest in life.

Recently, I’ve been wondering why I follow / admire certain people and what sets them apart from the majority.

Elon Musk, Tony Robbins, Maria Popova, Tim Ferriss, Seth Godin, Sophia Amorosa, Pat Flynn… are some that come to mind.

If they have anything in common, it’s their ability to be true to themselves and unafraid to show their failures and faults as well as their successes. (Or more aptly Put, they feel the fear, yet do it anyway).

Standouts are not only honest to the world, but honest with themselves.

How does one standout? Why do I want to consume everything this person does?

How do they inspire me and how can I do the same to inspire others?


By being true to yourself and open — good and bad. Struggles and all.

They stand out because they are more them, then you are yourself.

Vulnerability is Relatability*

(*to coin up a word 🙂

And being relatable is the key to connecting with others.

How can you expect to get anywhere without the people — your audience, your tribe, your friends — that push you there?

How can you expect to know yourself, if you’re not honest with yourself?

And its not that your not honest with yourself necessarily. But are you being 100% you everywhere you go? Or are you picking and choosing what to show or hide depending on the situation?

Honesty is how you stand out, and differentiate, because
Being honest means being you.

You become something more when you become more yourself +

#KeepPursuing — Josh Waggoner, Renaissance Man | Dec 5, 2016 Updated: Jan 20th, 2017




Q: So Tell me, how you are you?

(answer in the comment below if inspired to do so)