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Self-Concept Thursday!

By January 27th, 20218 Comments

Self-Concept Thursday!

by Leandra of What My World’s Like

Dating a comics illustrator hipped me to a few things. Something I heard several times that’s been having a recent impact in my life is that a hero is only as good as its villain. If the villain is cheesy and weak, accordingly, so is the hero. You wouldn’t consider Shaquille O’Neil to be particularly heroic or strong if he was up against a 150 pound guy and won. There’s an obvious and overwhelming disparity in size and strength. Flip the scenario around suddenly the situation changes.

Sometimes, the idea of opposition and competition is one that frightens us, causing us to choose “safer” plans. This method doesn’t allow us to experience our greatness, or even allow us to fail enough to succeed. In every perceived failure is at least one lesson that informs us of what we can improve upon. The greater the opposition, the greater the triumph. It means something to be No. 1 amongst strong competition.

The next time you consider shrinking into yourself at the thought of competing, think about how great the win will feel. If you happen to lose, take note of what you need to work on, and go at it again.

Challenge yourself.


  • Jacmauzs Juraudakarr says:

    I'm inspired.

  • Unknown says:

    Thank u so much for posting this!! Definitely helped make my week that much brighter 😀

  • Alysia Hutton says:

    What an amazing revelation. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • skillsgill says:

    Okay, I'm just loving the comic book reference!! I got soo excited because I'm a big cartoon/comic book, superhero fan!!! I thought this was going to go a different direction at first! Although it didn't, it was still a good analogy!


  • Lori Ann says:

    "The greater the opposition, the greater the triumph." Well said!! I'm starting my own business, and the more I get knocked down on the way up, the sweeter it will be at the top!! Thanks for that!! Be blessed!!

  • Anonymous says:

    This is an interesting article I see how it relates to competition, but I relate the article to the natural hair journey. As the author stated the hero can only be as victorious depending upon it's menacing villain. So this play between good nature and evil nature is interesting. I do not know if I would have valued the care for my natural hair as much if I did not get so much scrutiny for it, I would like to think I would, but I do not know.

  • Anonymous says:

    Great article! very inspiring.. thank you 🙂

  • Candice says:

    I love this article! So true!

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