If you wanted to make a cake, you’d need certain ingredients.
Sure, it depends on the cake.
Once I made a chocolate cheesecake. Pretty simple. Cream cheese, sugar, and some chocolate sauce. Mix it up and Bob’s your Uncle.
Other cakes require a lot of preparation, and often times a lot of practice. Since there aren’t that many steps in making a chocolate cheesecake, and the steps are so simple even a goof like me can do it, you don’t need to practice.
Just read the recipe, and you’re good.
But if you were going to make some super complicated upside down strawberry souffle (whatever THAT is, lol) you’d need a LOT of skills.
Basically the more variables are involved, the more skills you need, and the more practice you need.
Think about something as simple as balancing a plate or spinning a basketball on your finger.
Not a lot of variables, so you could learn how in a few minutes.
Now think of something much more complicated like juggling chainsaws.
MANY variables, so you’d need a LOT more practice.
And not just practice doing the WHOLE thing, (juggling the chainsaws) but every individual component would need work.
Juggling itself. Handling a chainsaw. Spinning ONE chainsaw around, etc.
Life is THE MOST complicated thing you’ll ever do.
Sure, you can sit around and hope for good things to happen.
Many people do that. And many people don’t get much.
Or you can TAKE CONTROL of your own life. Decide what you want, and make THAT your life’s purpose.
Naturally, you’ll need a lot of skills.
You will NEVER get to the point where you have ENOUGH skills.
You will ALWAYS need to keep learning.
Most people don’t like hearing this. They’d rather be TOLD what to do, only have to do it ONCE, and then somehow sit back while the money keeps rolling in.
People that continue to create greatness know that’s just a fairy tale.
What skills do you need?
One is being able to bounce back from setbacks.
Because they will ALWAYS happen. If you aren’t getting setbacks, you are doing something wrong.
Because embedded in EVERY SINGLE SETBACK is a valuable lesson.
That’s up for you to decide, based on where you’re going, and based on what the setback is.
NOBODY is going to tell you.
Again, most people don’t hearing this.
They want to be led by the hand to riches, prosperity, six pack abs, and great sex with beautiful people.
One thing that will make bouncing back from setbacks MUCH easier is how you DEFINE them.
If each setback “means” that you suck, it will be hard to keep going.
But if you REFRAME setbacks to mean “I just learned something valuable,” then you’ll keep charging ahead.
Whether the setbacks come conversationally, or in complicated life situations.
The setbacks don’t control you, you control the setbacks.
To learn how, check this out: