Below is an excerpt from Buzz Aldrin’s latest book called No Dream Is Too High in which he talks about something I’ve discovered in my journey so far. The part he misses I feel is how rewarding the growth from overcoming these challenges has been for me and how it has made other problems in my life seem smaller and less significant than how they would have affected me in the past. It also doesn’t mention the confidence that is gained from being in difficult situations and using innovative solutions to get through them. His main message is point on though and I can almost guarantee you that if you practice this in your daily lives that you will in the end have a more fulfilling and enriched life.
“Over the years of my life, I’ve been quite open about the failures I’ve endured. I find that many people can relate more to my mistakes than they can to my successes. In truth, they both go hand in hand; my failures have led to my successes, and some of my greatest achievements have set me up for my worst falls. But I’ve learned and I’ve grown from both kinds of experiences.
Some people don’t like to admit that they have failed or that they have not yet achieved their goals or lived up to their own expectations. But failure is not a sign of weakness. It is a sign that you are alive and growing.
Get out of your comfort zone and be willing to take some risks as you work on new tasks. Some individuals have an aversion to risks, but it is not foolish to accept a level of risk, as long as the magnitude and worthiness of the goal you are seeking to achieve is commensurate with your risk. As your comfort zone expands, seek out even greater challenges. It is often said, and it really is true: You can do almost anything if you put your mind to it.”
Adapted from No Dream Is Too High copyright © 2016 by Buzz Aldrin. First hardcover edition published April 5, 2016, by National Geographic Books. All rights reserved.