Why our greatest successes come from our biggest failures

Why our challenges and setbacks are necessary for success.

This idea came from me listening to Eminem’s new album Kamikaze on repeat. Needless to say, I’m lowkey obsessed with it.

Fanboying aside, I wanted to discuss the idea of how we can “turn setbacks into comebacks” as my pastor Rick Warren always says in his sermons.

Key idea: our greatest successes usually come from our greatest setbacks. If you study any successful person, there will usually be a huge setback that came before their breakthrough. This is the fuel for their fire.

Something that crushes weak people is simply motivation for the strong. And the difference between a weak person and a strong person is simply their mindset on how they see the challenge.

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Book notes: Showboat by Roland Lazenby

Showboat by Roland Lazenby book review summary.

Showboat: The Life of Kobe Bryan by Roland Lazenby

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Synopsis:

“Seventeen-time all-star; scorer of 81 points in a game; MVP; and a shooting guard second only to Jordan in league history: Kobe Bryant is one of basketball’s absolute greatest players, a fascinating and complicated character who knew when he was a mere boy that he would be better than Jordan on the court.

The debate about whether he achieved that is a furious one – but Kobe has surpassed Jordan on the all-time scoring list and has only one less championship than Jordan (five to Jordan’s six).

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Book notes: 12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson

12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson book summary review.

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson

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Synopsis:

“Humorous, surprising, and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.

What does the nervous system of the lowly lobster have to tell us about standing up straight (with our shoulders back) and about success in life? Why did ancient Egyptians worship the capacity to pay careful attention as the highest of gods? What dreadful paths do people tread when they become resentful, arrogant, and vengeful?

Dr. Peterson journeys broadly, discussing discipline, freedom, adventure, and responsibility, distilling the world’s wisdom into 12 practical and profound rules for life.ย 12 Rules for Lifeย shatters the modern commonplaces of science, faith, and human nature while transforming and ennobling the mind and spirit of its listeners.” -Audible

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Book notes: Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

Shoe Dog by Phil Knight book summary review.

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight

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Synopsis:

“In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

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Book notes: Crushing It! by Gary Vaynerchuk

Crushing It! by Gary Vaynerchuk book summary notes.

Crushing It! How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence-and how You Can, Too by Gary Vaynerchuk

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Synopsis: “Four-timeย New York Timesย best-selling author Gary Vaynerchuk offers new lessons and inspiration drawn from the experiences of dozens of influencers and entrepreneurs who rejected the predictable corporate path in favor of pursuing their dreams by building thriving businesses and extraordinary personal brands.

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Book notes: Peak Performance by Brad Stulberg & Steve Magness

Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success by Brad Stulberg & Steve Magness book summary.

Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success by Brad Stulberg, Steve Magness

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Synopsis: “A few common principles drive performance, regardless of the field or the task at hand. Whether someone is trying to qualify for the Olympics, break ground in mathematical theory or craft an artistic masterpiece, many of the practices that lead to great success are the same.

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Book notes: Give and Take by Adam Grant

Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success by Adam M. Grant, Ph.D. book summary.

Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success by Adam M. Grant, Ph.D.

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Synopsis: “For generations, we have focused on the individual drivers of success: passion, hard work, talent, and luck. But today, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others.

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Book notes: Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh

Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh book summary.

Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh

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Synopsis: In this, his first audiobook, Tony Hsieh – the widely admired CEO of Zappos, the online shoe retailer – explains how he created a unique culture and commitment to service that aims to improve the lives of employees, customers, vendors, and backers. Using anecdotes and stories from his own life experiences, and from other companies, Hsieh provides concrete ways that companies can achieve unprecedented success. Even better, he shows how creating happiness and record results go hand-in-hand.

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