We all contain ancient strengths inside of us that we may not know about until we are truly challenged… When wellbeing comes from engaging our strengths and virtues, our lives are imbued with authenticity.
– Mark Seligman
I’ve been fascinated with the idea of the Truman Effect, named after the President, not the Jim Carrey character. When he succeeded the extremely popular FDR, most people had no clue how he would fare, himself included. In the long run, he ended up doing pretty good by most people’s accounts.
I like what this idea suggests. This year is young and has already been full of challenges. Some have been fun, some have been really difficult, and then there’s half marathon training which perfectly embodies the concept of a challenge. You don’t really know what you can do sometimes until you’re legitimately tested.