Kites rise against the wind, not with it, and sometimes, so should we.

John Neal once made the point that kites rise against the wind, not with it. In fact, his exact words were “A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man. Kites rise against, not with, the wind. Even a head wind is better than none. No man ever worked his passage anywhere in a dead calm.”

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John Neal, a famous literary figure in the mid-1800’s, famously observed that sometimes a little adversity is a good thing. His quote is a reminder that not having opposition is almost like having nothing to fight against and therefore nothing to fight for. It’s not always easy when people or other forces stand in our way, we have things we want to accomplish, but would we move as quickly or fight as hard for the integrity of our ideas if we didn’t have someone or something to fight against? Probably not. They say that competition is healthy and Neal’s quote is a perfect example of why.

The next time you feel adversity, remind yourself, a little opposition might lead to a lot of success!

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