Success and self-confidence depend on you being willing to go for your dreams even when things are hard, when you are tired and discouraged and you don't seem to be making any progress. This is a true test of character and it's often here that your breakthrough will come.

Of course, we've have all had experiences we'd rather not have but it's how you handle it that counts, especially when what happens is painful, hurtful, or sad. It's important to remember that we all need life's tough experiences, as well as the good ones.

It's in the tough times that we grow, learn, and mature. You can let it defeat you, or you can look it straight in the eye with your head held up and say "I will be bigger than you".

Author Unknown --- Submitted by Adele S., Age 16 --- Italy