Being let down by others or falling short of our own goals and expectations can be frustrating — and disappointing. It’s hard not to be miffed when things don’t go our way. But the important thing to remember is that, as with most things in life, disappointment is temporary.
An important aspect of maturity is learning how to overcome minor setbacks to grow stronger, wiser, and more resilient. The hard part, of course, is recognizing that sometimes in order to move past feelings of disappointment, we have to work through them. The reward on the other side of that struggle is almost always worth it, though: Infinite possibilities can spring forth from a recalibrated mindset and reinvigorated resolve.
So the next time we find ourselves disappointed in others or in our own selves or circumstances, let us remember there are brighter things on the horizon. These 11 quotes from individuals who have lived with and overcome disappointment are a testament to the ways in which the disappointments of today can be transformed into the successes of tomorrow.
There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.Martin Luther King Jr.
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.Les Brown
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.Thomas Edison
Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”Mary Anne Radmacher
Ask yourself the question: “Will this matter a year from now?”Richard Carlson
Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.Dale Carnegie
The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire, the size of your dream, and how you handle disappointment along the way.Robert Kiyosaki
I was taught that the way of progress is neither swift nor easy.Marie Curie
As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better.Steve Maraboli
If I am to meet with a disappointment, the sooner I know it, the more of life I shall have to wear it off.Thomas Jefferson
The best way out is always through.Robert Frost
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