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"Still lie the sheltering snows, undimmed and white;
And reigns the winter's pregnant silence still;
No sign of spring, save that the catkins fill,
And willow stems grow daily red and bright.
These are days when ancients held a rite
Of expiation for the old year's ill,
And prayer to purify the new year's will."
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Tuesday Night Owls - 27 August 2019 - How setbacks can make you more successful

NatashaTNatashaT Posts: 1,139 Teacher
We read an article about how setbacks can help you gain more success:


Vocabulary Top 10:

grant - an amount of money that is given to someone by a government, a company, etc., to be used for a particular purpose (such as scientific research)

proposal - something (such as a plan or suggestion) that is presented to a person or group of people to consider

paradoxically - something (such as a situation) that is made up of two opposite things and that seems impossible but is actually true or possible; a statement that seems to say two opposite things but that may be true

trauma - a very difficult or unpleasant experience that causes someone to have mental or emotional problems usually for a long time; a serious injury to a person's body

latent - used to describe something (such as a disease) that exists but is not active or cannot be seen

criticise - to express disapproval of (someone or something) : to talk about the problems or faults of (someone or something)

boredom - the state of being bored

akin - similar or related

jokey - tending or intended to make people laugh

resilient - able to become strong, healthy, or successful again after something bad happens

Do you think that setbacks can help give you motivation to keep going?

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  • filauziofilauzio Genoa ( Italy )Posts: 1,992 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I agree with the concept that it takes an early trauma or some fault to spur you further on and make you a successful performer in whatever you're commited to do.

    That can also be summarized to the shortest by the saying: no pain no gain.

    I also agree to the statement, which is grounded on research, that people who suffered setbacks or traumas in their earlier childhood are more likely to conduct a successful life.

    In particular, those who lost one of their parents or even both; without going to such an extreme of experiencing anything so mournful, even just your parents' divorce or separation can make up a shocking event enough to lead growing children more resilient and resolute.

    It's kind of discovering the dark side of life earlier on, ahead of time, in a period when you should just enjoy your time with friends and thinking of nothing else but seeking out countless occasions of happiness and collective revelry.

    Any trauma in such heavenly, lighthearted, apart-from-reality joyful time, must feel like being abruptly brought down to The Earth, facing untimely troubles which end up being quite, dramatically, out of your depth.

    That's why, since whether you want it or not, you are compelled to grin and bear it, and you have to put up with the truth that the show must go on, you can't but grow stronger and resilient.

    Eventually, you make it to bounce back higher than where you were likely to be, hadn't you forced to undergo such an adult-suited shock.

    Maybe, then, you don't end up joining your closest friends to form The Beatles, but surely life isn't going to frighten you anymore.
    glad to stop strict diet, splashed in belly flop? Don't care you're not light, here on English hop !
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