Perhaps one of the most profound and common life experiences we’ll all share throughout our lives is that of struggle. Hardships often kick down the door of our lives quite unexpectedly and enter in the form of a sudden loss of a family member, diagnosis of a debilitating or life-threatening disease, divorce, job loss, financial devastation or a wide array of other life derailments. Many times, it’s simply the small strains that pile up to become the chains that bind us. Such difficulties happen regardless of the position one may hold, the rank a person has achieved, the money in our bank account, or the material objects we may have long believed define a meaningful life. Billionaires are not immune to daily relationship struggles with family members, nor are the most accomplished members of society free from the greatest of life’s disappointments. The paradox however, is that a life without struggle is much like a gym without weights. Throughout history people have emerged from horrific experiences to ultimately learn that meaning can in fact be derived from incredible difficulty, and ignite growth that transforms us into the beacons of light for others to follow.