Who Am I?

It’s not a riddle. I am made up of the experiences I have encountered in my life, and I firmly believe they are all leading up to something bigger. I think tough things happen in our lives to help us grow and push us. A person is defined by the choice they make at that crossroad. To overcome the obstacle encourages growth in wisdom, courage, self-confidence, and purpose.

Not one great person (that I can think of) had an easy life. All those who have risen to greatness seem to have done so as a result of a traumatic experience, tough times, endless struggle, etc. I feel such an ambivalence: I look forward to growing, but fear what tough experiences and pain it will take to get there.

An easy life is not a fruitful life. The more a person appropriately reacts to tough issues in life, the more character they have. I guess that’s what my mom meant when I got my first car: a thirteen-year-old, rusted, two-door Chevy cavalier…it’d been through tough times…it had character.


Jana Axline is president and leadership coach at Axline Solutions and author of Becoming You. Through her leadership musings she inspires audiences to grow as leaders and ultimately achieve who they were created to be. For more information visit Axline Solutions.

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