I was catching up on some reading today. And there it was. See, there’s been a common thread recurring a lot lately for me. I think it’s because I love stories of adversity and like to challenged in my life. I got thinking about it and really became sentimental for the way things use to be.
Steve Jobs is the founder and CEO of Apple Computers, Inc. He was born in 1955 to an unwed teenage girl. He was adopted by a working class family. Jobs was obviously brilliant and very talented, but what if he had been adopted by people who were wealthy? Is it possible that he might not have accomplished very much if he had not had to learn to work hard at an early age?
When we fly (in an airplane) we all like a soft landing. But do we want a soft takeoff? I don’t. I like for that plane to get off the ground in a hurry. But the plane can only take off from a hard runway. If it starts out on a soft surface, it will never get off the ground.
It just seems to me that most people who are successful don’t get off to a soft start. Each generation since the depression has been determined to make life easier for its children. Consequently, many people have not benefited from the growth that comes from overcoming difficulties. If we aren’t careful, we can create an illusion that life is easy. Life is hard. It becomes even harder if we’re too easy on ourselves.