The Importance of Stress

Stress is all around us. Stress at home, stress from work, financial stress and so on. Some of us will go to great heights to avoid stress and some of us even love being stressed and welcome it into our lives. Both are super unhealthy and destructive. The cold hard fact of stress is that 99% of people don’t know how to deal with it properly.
The other 1%? Those are the are the inventors, achievers, innovators and leaders of the world. They’re the people that own insurance companies, create new apps, co-establish an all-electric car company and star in Oscar-winning films. I’m talking about the most successful people in the world!
But what makes them so good at dealing with stress? I’m so happy you asked! Most of you are probably thinking that this quote-on-quote 1% has never had a stressful day in their lives and what I’m saying is nuts! Hopefully, by the end of this article, I can convince you otherwise and inspire you to pursue your own conquest of stress.
Because that is what being successful is all about. It is the embrace of stress, of adversity, of rejection, of frustration and turning it into the very thing that motivates you to succeed. You need to have the mental discipline to look at whatever it is that frustrates you straight in the eye and say, “I’m not letting you win. You are not going to stop me from being successful.”
THIS is why stress is so important. It is what challenges us and tests our mental limits to stretch farther and take on life’s adversities. You don’t think that Steve Jobs dealt with stress? Of course he did! The difference between him and the average person is that he used his stress to build a now multi-billion dollar technology company from the ground up. He was a man that knew stress very well and mastered it.
Biologically and historically we are meant to take on stress. Building civilizations brick by brick and hunting for all our food with a spear are only two examples of this. Why do you think we feel so good after working out? It is a modern form of putting our minds and bodies under controlled stress. Physical and mental stress is meant to build us up, not break us down.
I’m not saying that you should go out and look for things to stress about. Bursting a blood vessel over the spilled coffee on the rug or your ex-boyfriend’s new fling isn’t going to do a damn thing for building up your personal success. This is unnecessary, foolish stress. But do not avoid the good stress that pushes you and allows you to grow as a person. It is your job to find a balance and recognize the toxic stress from the empowering stress you let into your life. That is the key of it all.
Sources: Unlimited Power by Tony Robbins and “The Joe Rogan Experience” Podcast #901 with Dr. Rhonda Patrick

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