Stumbling uphill

You can put a magnifying glass on a mistake or setback and interpret it as progress totally lost, but that isn’t always the case.

When you’re ready and if you’re open to it, a setback can forge you in a way that serves you in the future.

This isn’t to glamorize setbacks, they are often frustrating to say the least and should be avoided. But recognizing that it is possible to emerge from them with something useful when we must confront them — a lesson, a skill, a clearer perspective — offers an important clarification on what’s going on.

Yes, you’re stumbling.

But, critically, you’re stumbling uphill.



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William Liao

William Liao


Taiwanese American, daily blogger of ideas about impactful work in service of others, photographer (