There can be no great courage where there is no confidence or assurance, and half the battle is in the conviction that we can do what we undertake.

– Orison Swett Marden

Home   /   There can be no great courage where there is no confidence or assurance, and half the battle is in the conviction that we can do what we undertake.

– Orison Swett Marden

Every successful person has experienced countless setbacks, obstacles, and even outright defeats, in the course of his or her life. What helps is the ability to respond positively and constructively to these defeats and to bounce back. This quality of bouncing rather than breaking should be your determination to your success.


A normal, intelligent person,organizes each area of their lives to avoid failure and disappointment as much as possible. They think ahead and anticipate what could go wrong. They then take the necessary precautions to guard against setbacks and problems, weigh and balance different options then select the course of action that offers the great results.

But, no matter how well they think and plan, things do not always turn out the way they expect.

Murphy’s Law says: ”Whatever can go wrong will go wrong. Of all the things that can go wrong, the worst possible thing will go wrong at the worst possible time and cost the most amount of money.”

Therefore, disappointment comes unbidden. Disappointment will come in spite of your best efforts to avoid it. Disappointment is inevitable and unavoidable. As sure as the sun rises in the east you are going to experience disappointments in your journey to achieve your goals. And the more goals you set and the more things you try, the more difficulties and problems you will have.Since you can’t always avoid disappointment, no matter what you do, the only thing that matters is how you will deal with the disappointment when it comes upon you, unwanted and unexpected. You can’t let it overwhelm you. Don’t blow up, become angry, and give up.

All you have to do is deal with disappointment by taking it in stride. Don’t allow disappointment to stop you from achieving your goals. Recover and continue forward.

Remember,Motivational speaker Charlie Jones says, ”It’s not how far you fall but how high you bounce that counts!” .

3 thoughts on “There can be no great courage where there is no confidence or assurance, and half the battle is in the conviction that we can do what we undertake.

– Orison Swett Marden

  1. It’s in being through many tough challenges that we develop resilience and the ability to keep solving without giving up.
    Life is all about continuous effort in the right direction.
    When one trims a beard, it grows back to be trimmed again.

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