Strong in the Broken Places

“The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places.” – Ernest Hemingway

Life hurts. We fail, we get sick, we lose, and some days it’s easier to sit on the mat and wonder if it’s worth getting back up. Our mortality is especially evident to those in the EHS profession.

Sometimes when we get hurt we tell ourselves that it wasn’t meant for us. Our skills and talents are meant for other things.

But wait.

We know that strength in any endeavor isn’t based on success every time. If you want to perform better as an athlete, you must go to the point of failure. If you want to perform in business, in personal relationships, in your communication style, in anything worthy of your time…you must be open to failure.

If muscles don’t tear, they cannot grow and repair. If you don’t get up in front of an audience and fail (sometimes), were you really challenging anything meaningful?

Strong(er) when you break.


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