#8-1. Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew.
#8-2. We are always getting ready to live, but never living.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
#8-3. Learn to use things and love people
Not love things and use people!
#8-4. Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength.
We know challenges, a.k.a. problems, are opportunities to stretch our capabilities and hopefully grow, but we somehow tend to avoid them. Difficult situations bring out the best in us, and even when we seemingly fail, we learn about our limitations. And this can prove very useful in future.
Emerson's quote reminds us to not overindulge in the eager learner mode of operation. We have to learn to enjoy this journey even as we anxiously equip ourselves for the future.
The third quote is easy enough to nod knowingly. Do we do it?
I have often wondered about being strong but nice or courteous but luckily for me I have met many accomplished people who do not overtly project their position or power or strength. And it makes them greater. Inner strength, true expertise, genuine capability shines through without any effort to advertise it.