hand pinching and pulling the pouch of a slingshot aimed at the sky


Are you pursuing a goal and questioning if you’d better give up due to the setbacks you are experiencing? If so, and you look at your challenges as a hindrance instead of a springboard to the achievement of your goal, let the story below inspire you to start reframing the way you look at setbacks. They are not brakes to your success; actually, they are the accelerator to growth and success.

“A diamond’s creation requires immense pressure and intense temperatures to reach its highest potential. Without enduring the adversity and pressure of its environment, the diamond would never become the treasure it was meant to be”. - Susan C. Young


Professor standing by a blackboard lecturing his class

During a physics lecture, a professor once asked his students, “Why do cars have brakes”?

A student got to his feet and said, “To stop the vehicles”.

“To reduce and control the car speed”, another student promptly replied.

“In order to avoid collision”, some students spoke with one voice.

Before long, all the students gave similar logical answers.

So, the professor took the floor and provided his own answer.

“Although you are all right - brakes in our cars also enable us to go faster”.

The students were puzzled and speechless.

The professor broke the silence by asking a question, “How fast would you drive your car if it had no brakes?

“Probably not that fast”, the Professor said.

He then went on, “The brakes in our cars make us confident enough to drive faster and reach our destinations”.


There are challenging situations that can discourage us and make us quit our goals.

But, what if we regarded challenges as the catalyst enabling us to grow and become better?

Sometimes we need to stop or even step back in order to go farther.

“It is necessary sometimes to take one step backward to take two steps forward”. - Vladimir Lenin

Thanks to challenging situations we can become confident enough to achieve our goals.

Brakes are not meant to hold us back; they allow us to move faster instead because we can count on them in case of need.

Stop regarding brakes as a hindrance.

Be thankful for them, they are necessary to achieve goals.

In time, if you compare the person you used to be to the person you have become, you will certainly realize that facing all setbacks with the right mindset has been worth it.

Bottom line: setbacks work like a slingshot, first, they pull you back, but then, they propel YOU towards your targets. 

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