When should a setback expire?

When an unexpected setback happens, it’s natural to want to point to the setback and reduce the expectations you hold for yourself at first.

At what point, though, should you ban yourself from pointing at that setback?

I don’t have a precise answer, but surely it has to be at some point.

At some point, enough time should have elapsed for you to understand, evolve, and carry yourself forward in a way such that you no longer allow yourself to be defined by the setback even if it continues to exist in some fashion.

On the surface, this may seem harsh, but if your goal is to grow and become increasingly resilient then you owe it to yourself to firmly hold this expectation.

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William Liao

Taiwanese American, daily blogger of ideas about impactful work in service of others, photographer (ephemera.photography)