‘Don’t ever, ever shy away from a good struggle’



June 20, 2014

“Science actually shows that when you’re struggling to solve a problem or to understand a concept, you’re forming new pathways and connections in your brain.

“So struggling isn’t a bad thing.  It is not a sign of weakness – in fact, it’s a sign of growth.  It’s a sign that you’re expanding your capacity to handle the hard challenges that you will inevitably face throughout your entire life.

“So don’t ever, ever shy away from a good struggle.  Instead, I want you to seek it out and dive in head first, because that’s what truly successful people do.”

– First Lady Michelle Obama, addressing the District of Columbia College Access Program graduation celebration June 19 at Washington’s Wardman Park Marriott