Abraham Lincoln

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.

John Wooden

Adversity is the state in which man mostly easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.

Alfred Armand Montapert

We see problems, not as they are, but as we are. That’s why attitude plays such a crucial role in separating those who lead from those who follow. Alfred Armand Montapert said, “The majority see the obstacles; the few see the objectives; history records the successes of the latter, while oblivion is the reward of the former.”

Gary Hamel and C.K. Prahalad

Unfortunately, a threat that everyone perceives but no one talks about creates more anxiety than a threat that has been clearly identified and made the focal point for the problem-solving efforts of the entire company. That is one reason honesty and humility on the part of top management may be the first prerequisite of revitalization. Another reason is the need to make “participation” more than … [ Read more ]

Malcolm X

There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance next time.


Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant.

Robert Service

It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out – it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.

Lorrin L. Lee

Be thankful for challenges and adversity because they present the greatest opportunities for significant personal growth.

Radney Foster

Life is not about being dealt a good hand, it’s about learning to play a bad hand well.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.

Thomas J. Watson Jr.

A man flattened by an opponent can get up again. A man flattened by conformity stays down for good.