How I Deal With Anxiety

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One of my friends recently experienced sudden bouts of anxiety. Since he knew I’ve been there too, he asked me: “How do you deal with anxiety?”

That’s a good question. In the past, I looked for ways to “get over” or “beat” anxiety. I was looking for a cure.

After reading dozens of books and hundreds of articles on the subject, I’ve found the answer: Anxiety can’t be cured. It must be dealt with.

Dealing with anxiety is an ongoing battle for most of us. It’s not a game or tournament. It’s not like you can beat anxiety once and be over with it forever.

Too often, people say they have “beaten” anxiety. I don’t buy that. The only way you can truly beat anxiety is if you hide from life’s hardship.

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Ambition: The Key Ingredient Of Success

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What human traits predict career and life success? I’ve been curious about that question since I was 16.

That was also the time I became interested in personal development. I wanted to improve my life and become a better student, friend, son and human being. 

decided to build a good life for myself and the people in my life. Now, 16 years later, I think that decision was probably the most important decision of my life.

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Terry Fox: The Man Who Ran 143 Consecutive Marathons…On One Leg

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3 min readIn 1976, an 18-year-old was involved in a car accident. He got into a rear-end collision with a truck that completely wrecked his own car. Surprisingly, the young man got out of the accident without injuries.

He only had a sore knee, which he thought was from the collision. But the pain didn’t go away. He was an active basketball player in school and assumed the pain was caused by too much stress.

But after the basketball season ended, the pain was still there, and he decided to visit a doctor. Four months after his accident, he was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma, a type of bone cancer that often starts in the knee and spreads quickly. The doctors immediately realized that his best chance of survival was to amputate his leg, followed by chemotherapy.

On 9 March 1977, five days after his diagnosis, doctors amputated his right leg 15 cm above the knee.

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