I tend to not discriminate when it comes to people I can learn from. Basically, if someone has built a meaningful business in software, technology or media, faced disruption and adversity, and overcame underdog status, I want to know how they did it.
The beautiful thing about the NFL season is to see a team come together after they get to know each other in the spring and summer. You then go through adversity together and see how you respond. The teams that can respond in a positive way are the teams that are going to be there in the end.
How you deal with adversity says a lot about the kind of players you've got and the kind of team we've got.
It feels good when guys reach out to be inspired - and you have shown people an example of how you can come back and be better than you were before when adversity strikes; and when the world predicts the opposite, you show them you not only can be successful but be great.
I get Tweets every day from people telling me that 'Hey, I'm going to overcome my injury or my illness. Cancer. Different diseases. I can beat it because Adrian Peterson showed me the determination and the willpower to be able to prosper and get through adversity whenever it comes.'
Adversity isn't an obstacle that we need to get around in order to resume living our life. It's part of our life.
The human race has had long experience and a fine tradition in surviving adversity. But we now face a task for which we have little experience, the task of surviving prosperity.
One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.
In 'Gravity,' nearly everything is a metaphor for the main character. The way I tend to approach a film is that character and background are equally important; one informs the other. Here, Sandra Bullock is caught between Earth and the void of the universe, just floating there in between. We use the debris as a metaphor for adversity.
I contend that not only can you laugh at adversity, but it is essential to do so if you are to deal with setbacks without defeat.
In adversity, you have to find motivation to continue and do well.
Mentally strong people overcome setbacks with confidence because adversity only makes them better.
Life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat.