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Struggles of Life and Hardships: How They Lead to Success

a wooden figure burden down by piles of rock representing how the struggles of life can get you down

Struggles of Life and Hardships: How They Lead to Success


Life can be tough.

It’s full of struggles and hardships that feel like they never end. However, these struggles help us grow as a person and develop the skills we need to succeed in life.

Struggles don’t just happen during our childhood or teenage years; many people experience them throughout their entire lives. Some people may not have struggled at all, while others might find themselves faced with constant struggles.

What struggles have you faced in your life? Maybe it was the death of a loved one, going through an abusive relationship, or losing money. Whatever struggles they may be, I’m sure they are not easy to go through.

But what do these struggles lead to?

They led me down the path I am currently on, where I’ve overcome so many hardships and ridiculousness, it’s insane. They led me to my success.

It’s hard for many people who are reading this post to believe that struggles can be a good thing, but there is so much truth in it.

We learn the teachings of life through the hardships we endure in our lives, and they help us grow into better versions of ourselves.

This blog post talks about the struggles of life, and how we should embrace every hardship for what it is. An opportunity to learn from our mistakes and become stronger and more knowledgeable than before.

Understanding Struggles In Life

a figure pushing a rock on a rocky pavement during the sunset

There are many struggles in life that you must go through, like struggles with relationships, power struggles at work, struggles with family, and internal struggles with yourself. 

However, with every struggle comes to a lesson that you learn.

Many people might not realize this, but struggling in life is what makes life worth living.

No matter how many bad things have happened to you, you’ve found the strength to push through the pain and move forward with your life.

All challenges, struggles, hardships, and painful moments are lessons that you need to learn to progress through life and experience a fulfilling lifestyle.

What Are Some Struggles in Life?

  • Being homeless
  • Death of a loved one
  • Abusive relationships
  • Having no money for food
  • Unable to find a job
  • Teenage pregnancy

The list goes on and on …

Sometimes another person’s struggle might seem easier to handle, but everyone has their path to walk and their burden to bear.

What you will breeze through might not be as easy for someone else. Refrain from judging people. If you cannot be helpful, be silent.

Embracing the Pain

a flower struggling to bloom representing the struggles of life

We all have our hardships and struggles in life but do not let them overwhelm you. Learn from your mistakes. Making them was painful the first time around; that pain will only worsen the more you refuse to accept the lesson.

Learn to live through every hardship like an Olympic champion because, in time, all those struggles are preparing you for the future you desire and ask for.

In essence, there are many types of difficulties in life. Some come naturally from the universe, while others are caused by the silly, stubborn choices you make. 

When you don’t learn from your mistakes, you’re sentencing yourself to a life of repeated lessons.

The same concept applies to running away from the pain you want to avoid by ignoring something important that must be done.

The truth is, life was made to experience struggle because that’s how we all acquire the knowledge we need to take the first step towards a successful future.

If you’re not struggling, you’re not doing something challenging with your life.

The lessons are the rewards for the pain you must endure. The knowledge you will gain should serve as the ultimate motivation when things look grim. You will never know what lesson you’re learning while going through the challenges.

However, once you overcome that challenge, you’ll be rewarded. The happiness and relief you’ll feel after that challenge is over will make the struggle worth it.

Stress will not last forever, and the pain only lasts for a short time.

Learning From the Hardships

It’s common to feel sadness, anger, anxiety, and depression when going through phases of hardships and struggles.

Your mind, spirit, and sometimes your body experience a transformation when struggling in life, which happens to be very normal.

This experience helps you to learn about yourself, push your limits, and redefine the meaning of the word “impossible.”

Nothing you face in life will ever be too difficult to overcome. Just trust your gut, and do what makes you happy.

Positive growth and happiness are the ultimate rewards, and you will achieve them as long as you learn to embrace every hardship for what it is — an opportunity to focus, change, and grow.

Struggles have a way of bringing out our inner strength and ability to move on from trials and tribulations.

For example:

Lisa was kicked out of her childhood home at the age of sixteen because she was gay. She was still in high school and didn’t have a job that could earn her enough money to find an apartment to rent. She started sleeping on the street, at her friend’s house, and sometimes at school.

She was determined to be a scientist in the future so she knew that school would play a major part in making that dream a reality. Despite her living situation, she graduated top of her class and earned a full scholarship to one of the top schools in the world. Because of her determination, she was able to succeed.

Lisa is an excellent example of how struggles and hardships can push you beyond your limits and force you to make hard but life-changing decisions to become successful.

You may have similar struggles that are holding you back from achieving your full potential. We all do. But the moment you change your attitude from a negative perspective to a positive one, your struggles will start looking more like stepping stones instead of permanent roadblocks.

Elevate and Free Your Mind

a dancer flying gracefully through the air

Struggles push you to dig deep inside to find the strength and courage to overcome the fear of the unknown.

It’s during struggles that we learn how to be our best selves.

If you’re going through a tough time, think about all the struggles in your past and what they taught you. Remember the lack of control you had over the situation and the strength you found within yourself to overcome it.

Remind yourself of the support system you found when the world seemed to give up on you.

Understand that one day your struggles will end, and the rewards of success are waiting for you after you’ve pushed yourself to overcome the difficulty.

Hardships build your confidence and create an environment filled with hope and encouragement to dream bigger, brighter dreams for tomorrow.

The struggles you face while living your daily life are often the catalyst for success. Struggles create opportunities for growth, change, and new perspectives on things we never anticipated would happen. The struggles you’re going through now are preparing you to grow as an individual.

Learn to recognize every struggle for what it is and be willing to accept the curveballs the Universe throws your way.

You are learning to be a more confident, stronger person. Those struggles and goals you once thought were impossible became achievable goals that were accomplished with the right amount of determination and perseverance.

The struggles you’re facing in life right now are a prerequisite to becoming a successful human.

Remember, nothing can stop you from succeeding when you find motivation and inspiration to keep going inside yourself.

Quotes About Life’s Struggles

You are not alone in your search for a better life filled with love and harmony, so never give up hope that one day all this confusion will eventually make sense.

Many great people have had their shares of struggles before you, and many wills after you’ve moved on to another life. Here are some inspiring quotes to keep you going:

Hard times always lead to something great - Betsey Johnson


“Hard times always lead to something great.” — Betsey Johnson


We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope - Martin Luther King


“We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.” — Martin Luther King


It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer - Albert Einstein


“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” — Albert Einstein


If you are going through hell, keep going - Winston Churchill


“If you are going through hell, keep going.” — Winston Churchill


The greatest glory in living lies not in falling, but in rising every time we fall - Nelson Mandela


“The greatest glory in living lies not in falling, but in rising every time we fall.” — Nelson Mandela


New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings - Lao Tzu


“New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.” — Lao Tzu


It’s Okay to Struggle in Life

trust your struggle

Life is about overcoming adversity or hardship in your life. I’ve had my share of trials and self-inflicted struggles, but I’ve learned through sweat, tears, and blood that struggles are just a part of life.

The challenges you’re currently facing are not random. They are directly related to something you must learn to either boost your self-confidence, achieve your goals, let go of a toxic relationship or quit that stagnant job.

You are living in a world that’s constantly testing your worthiness, so struggles will come and go as a natural part of it.

Do not let them define who you are. They are there to teach you lessons, give you tips, and guide you to your personal, mental, and business goals.

Since hardships and struggles are inevitable, view them as a positive experience by taking them as blessings and not curses.

The hardships you’ve faced in life can one day inspire someone else to get through their challenges and achieve success.

Let us know which quote resonates with you right now in the comment section below.


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Jody is a creative writer, artist, graphic designer, and a digital nomad who also helps people live more fulfilling lives by finding creative solutions to their personal growth and development problems and lifestyle challenges.

4 thoughts on “Struggles of Life and Hardships: How They Lead to Success”

  1. Thank you for the inspiration. “Trust your struggle” stuck with me. Sometimes it is so hard to do that. However, in time we see purpose and find peace.

    1. Jody

      Thank you for reading Lindsey, I’m happy you found inspiration.

  2. Julie Russell

    Very encouraging post! Great words of wisdom about struggles and hard times leading to great things. For me, the perfect quote is “Hard times always lead to something great.” I look forward to reading more articles!

    1. Jody

      I’m happy you keep finding value in my articles Julie. Thank you so much for always reading and commenting.

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