This quote, from jazz legend Duke Ellington, takes an overused idea and turns it into some serious motivation, pushing you to do your best no matter the circumstances.
Image: Eli Christman.
There are many sayings that hit on this same idea, and they've almost become cliché at this point: "Every problem is an opportunity", "when life gives you lemons", and so on. What I like about this quote is that it gives you a bit of a boost by going beyond the cliché: it's not just an opportunity to succeed, but to kick arse at it. After all, don't you feel a lot more successful when you beat the odds than when everything's going your way?
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