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In the face of adversity, what causes some people to prevail while others fail?   In the face of adversity, what causes some people to prevail while others fail?

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This is an excellent question, but there is no easy answer. Some people are willing to push harder than others. They don't give up easily. Sometimes it comes from facing smaller hardships over and over again, so that when the big one hits you just buckle down and get over it.

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I believe one's personal attitude has everything to do with how people approach adversity in life.

This is not an easy or simplistic concept: attitude is based a great deal on experiences, opportunities, and the support and connection with others, including family, friends and even one's employer or co-workers. It takes many years to develop a clear sense of self. If one is fortunate to have...

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Prosperity and adversity are the two faces of the same coin.Prosparity brings friend,adversity test them.It is at the time of adversity we develop our true realization about life and society.Just as gold is freed from all impurities by fire,similarly a man is freed from all sorts of false illusion,obsession,vaniety,and other evils.The man who knows this is never frustated or demoralised .He faces all challenges with robust optimism and keeps his head calm and quiet.He does not lose confidence on his own -self.He follows the rules suggested by Kipling in his famous poem''If" and ultimately comes out successful.

But thosewho lose self-confidence,and become frustated are ultimately ruined.

In fine,strong determination,robust optimism,sincere efforts and calm and quiet approach help a man to overcome adversity and vice versa.