92: Kensho or Bust

“I would have succeeded if it weren’t for _____”

Ever heard someone say–or caught yourself saying–this sentence?

Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith of the Agape International Spiritual Center in LA has a new word for us to learn: “Kenshō”.

Let’s compare it to “Failure”:

  • Kenshō: “Growth from temporary setbacks.” Here we experience a trial, problem, or unexpected challenge, that becomes a learning experience that makes us stronger.
  • Failure: “Accepting the setback as ‘the end’.” Here we experience that same trial, problem, or unexpected challenge, but consider it to be a sign that we should give up trying.

Next time you’re hit with a setback, ask yourself: is this an opportunity for Kenshō?

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