Today’s ‘Live Better With Willie Jolley’ Tip: Growing Pains

Today’s ‘Live Better With Willie Jolley’ Tip: Growing Pains


Most people don’t live life to the fullest because they are afraid. They let fear rob them of life and the joy of living. I don’t want you to be reckless and foolish, but I do want you to take chances and challenge yourself. If you’re afraid to take some risks, you will never grow or stretch, or reach your potential. It will be painful sometimes, but there is no growth without pain. That’s why they’re called growing pains.

What if you had a baby that was three years old and had not grown since infancy? You’d take the baby to the doctor. Suppose the baby fell down once and just stopped trying to walk. You’d know something was wrong because you know that without falling and getting back up, the baby would never learn how to walk. We cannot stop trying just because we fall or just because it is painful. Growth is painful, but it is necessary.

The families of the astronauts that died in the tragic Challenger shuttle disaster were quoted as saying, ‘‘Do not fear risk; all exploration, all growth is calculated. Life is filled with challenge. Only those who are willing to go after those challenges grow. Only if we are willing to walk over the edge can we become winners.’’ Remember, all things are possible if you can just believe.

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