“When a man finds that it is his destiny to suffer, he must accept his suffering as his task; his single and unique task. He will have to acknowledge the fact that even in suffering he is unique and alone in the universe. No one can relieve him of his suffering or suffer in his place. His unique opportunity lies in the way in which he bears his burden.”

—Dr. Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning.

Why do I start this article quoting a great man’s learning about suffering?  Because life offers so many opportunities to do so.

As a physician, I treated life stresses as often as I treated most other diseases. I feel qualified to comment on the learning gleaned from decades serving those dealing with stress.

There is not an uncomplicated way to tell you what it takes to be a winner. Every man who completes Navy SEAL training, graduates, and is accepted into the special operations community will be a better person for the experience.

Clearly, having tried and failed a first time (as some do) is a great motivator for success a second time. Previous life-challenging experiences add greatly to success.

Every man that goes to SEAL training swears to himself and others that he will never quit. Each event, every day, is designed to challenge that promise.

Faith in one’s self cannot be allowed to waiver. The end is usually a defined point, but each challenge offered and met, must be viewed as just one step towards that end.