How to use adversity as a superpower for personal development

Michelangelo once said, “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free”.
Life challenges and hardships are the chisels that unleash your true masterpiece. Adversity can make you transcend and become a better person, when the correct process is followed. This is the Michelangelo effect.

Based on research with hundreds of individuals who have had a serious hardship and difficult situation such as loss of a loved one, loss of a limb, or bankruptcy, we discovered that many individuals can actually bounce back higher after this serious difficulty. They have transcendence from loss. They are much more than just resilient, they have transcend-ability: the skill set to become a better person from the adversity.


It is pertinent to note that there are 5 key stages of transcendence from adversity. These stages show you how to overcome adversity and use it to their advantage. The following stages for transcending adversity include:

  • Create a Spot light: Adversity shines a light upon what is missing in your life and what you need to be more successful and happier. It encourages you to try your level best to overcome all the challenges you are facing and produces best out of you.
  • Flip the Switch: You must see the adversity and challenge in a positive light and see the benefit from the experience. History presents many examples where people managed to change their fate successfully simply because they never let adversity take hold of them and constantly struggled to tilt it in their favor rather than against them.
  • Harness your Genius: Again, adversity enables you to focus on your key strengths to find your true success and happiness. There are some people who perform to their best and realize their true potential when they actually encounter a crisis.
  • Develop a new: Lifesong After overcoming all the shortcomings and problems in your life, you now have found your true path and have realigned your life in the right direction. It is the direction which will take you to your ultimate target and help you make your dreams come true.
  • Live in the Sweet Spot: In the final stage of this process, you now live in your flow and you have immense energy. The world is drawn to you and people are attracted to you in ways like never before. Now your life is more about others and helping others.


It is up to leaders how they can help their company to acquire transcend-ability. Change is inevitable in the business world and leaders must convince there staff that this change is beneficial to the company.

When companies do gain transcend-ability, they learn the true essence of failing forward and how to become better from challenging situations. They will also have a better attitude after adversity and hardship and most of them will put a proper system in place to manage change and adversity whenever it comes their way.

Transcend – ability also enables companies to developing greater energy after loss and failures well as greater confidence after change. Therefore, seeing adversity and change as a companion in your life helps you to become better in every aspect of your life.

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