"The first line, the first page, first sentence of the book The Road Less Traveled by the late Dr. Scott Peck, says 'life is difficult.' Translation: if you can't get with that statement, don't read the rest of the book! No one promised you a rose garden. No one said that life was going to be free of grief or pain. Success is life about successfully managing pain; both that which we give to ourselves, and that visited upon us by others.
In a world obsessed with only one question -- 'what do I get?' We must ask the question, 'what do I have to give?' We cannot grow or go without legitimate suffering; suffering for something larger and more important that ourselves."
John Hope Bryant, author of Love Leadership