This is a lesson that changed my life. I hope that it inspires you to accept and embrace losses. I know this might sound very strange and pessimistic; here I am inviting you to embrace losses. You are wondering if I understand that losses can be very painful. You are wondering if I have failed a course, lost a job, lost some money or even a loved one. My answer is yes to all the questions, and I agree with you that losses are not desirable. Why then do I suggest that we must be willing to embrace losses?

The truth is that until we are prepared to embrace certain “Necessary Losses” we can’t move up in life. As a student, you must be willing to lose sleep sometimes so as to be able to study. To succeed at work, you must be disciplined and you would lose out on many things you could have invested your time doing. Reading this article, you are losing the time you would have used for something else but this also is a necessary loss.

My advice is this, not all losses should be avoided. To go up in life, you must be willing to give up some things. The most successful people in life have lost very many things. Tiger Woods lost sleep and the luxury of video games so that he could practice and become the number one golfer in the world. Many of the big names in football lose their self to the game; they practice doggedly before and after the game. The lightbulb, the airplane, and many other inventions saw the light of day simply because their inventors made some necessary losses. Jesus Christ, our biggest example, in other to fulfill his mission on Earth had to make a necessary loss (to give his life for mankind).

So the next time you think about success, think about the things you must lose. These things are called necessary losses.

Necessary Losses


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