Things Are Setbacks Only if We Allow Them to Set Us Back

Adrian S. Potter
2 min readNov 6, 2021

The obstacles we face are just part of our journey.

Photo by Brett Jordan on Unsplash

The Secondhand Inspiration Project begins with a motivational quote and ventures wherever the creative path meanders.

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.” — Winston Churchill

It happens to everybody. We fall into a groove and align all of our resources and efforts. Posied for success, we begin a project, diet, novel, workout, online class, or side hustle with sky-high energy and unabashed optimism.

Nothing will stop our positive momentum. Until…something does.

Sometimes barriers in life force us to slam on the brakes. A problem, lack of experience, or unforeseen issue can wedge its way between our fast start and paydirt. What seemed like a sprint turns into an endurance run that we failed to train for or envision.

It becomes frustrating to watch minor setbacks and tough luck siphon away our hard-earned progress and personal growth.

But here is a secret — those roadblocks in our path are not there to prevent our success. They are just part of the journey that we must experience and overcome to chase down our dreams.

We decide whether a setback will prevent us from obtaining what we desire. If we remain focused on…



Adrian S. Potter

Antisocial Extrovert · Writer and Poet, Engineer, Consultant, Public Speaker · Writing about self-improvement, gratitude, and creativity ·