"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." - Martin Luther King, Jr. (1963)
"Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength." - Michael Jordan
The two quotes above may not seem too relevant to one another. To me though, they mean nearly the same thing. Revolving around the idea of determination, persistence, and strength. Which I believe are such important qualities to have. However, they're not developed and cannot be measured, by all the things that come easily to us. It's the challenges and the struggles we push ourselves through, that force us to grow, that develop our character. Often, the most difficult things to achieve are the most rewarding.