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To do just the opposite is also a form of imitation.
-- Georg C. Lichtenberg


Friday, April 26, 1996


Are you constantly frustrated?


Tony Robbins tells us that all successful people know “success is buried on the other side of frustration". The only people who are not ever frustrated are those who never attempt anything.

If you’re taking action and working toward achievement of your goals, you will become frustrated on a routine basis. People don’t follow through on their word, machines break down, projects take longer than you estimated, accidents happen. There are thousands of things that can go wrong.

But that doesn’t need to stop you. The best way to deal with frustration is to adjust your attitude. Accept the fact that you’ll have setbacks, and look for what you can learn from them. Beating yourself up, because of something over which you have no control, is certainly not productive. Instead, ask yourself, “What can I learn from this?” “How can I make sure this doesn’t happen again?"

And you can take the concept one step further. If something is frustrating you, there’s a good chance that it’s a problem for other people as well. Perhaps if you developed a good solution, it would be valuable to a lot of people. Who knows, you might could even make some money from it. Look at your frustrations as opportunities for improvement.

— Ralph Marston

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