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What doesn't kill you makes you stronger

Updated on November 4, 2012

How many times have you heard this?

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, Do you believe it?

Is this saying typical of the times we are living in?

All these questions and we haven't even got one paragraph in.

How can we use sayings to motivate us?

Oh look another question. I hope you are taking note of all these questions because there will be a test at the end of this hub.

Is the saying ' what doesn't kill you makes you stronger' motivating to you or is it more of a comfort? Read on to find out the real truth.

OK enough of the questions let's try to answer some.

I believe there is some truth in the question WDKYMYS. For me it is part of a mechanism which allows me to rationalise in certain situations and is a coping mechanism to be able to say......phew that was tough but it wasn't so bad because I am still here in one piece. Thank god. It sort of allows you to take a step back and be able to look at the situation and be thankful that all the world could throw at you has not beaten you.You are still in the daily fight. It is a daily fight in the real world. Don't you agree for the everyday hard working person it is a daily fight? Oops sorry another question.

With all the pressure that modern society has to put on us it is no wonder that we need something to hold onto. Sayings, whether motivational or not, are a way of helping us cope with those daily pressures of modern life.

If you have a favourite saying that motivates you ,often, as you say it to yourself it moves you forward as you get the picture in your mind. The more clear it becomes the more it moves you.

I am sure that we were not put on this earth to struggle all our lives,but, we do make life difficult for ourselves. The decisions we make on a daily basis, even though we do not always realise it can have an effect on the rest of our lives. We make some decisions on the spur of the moment and do not realise what long lasting effect this is going to have on us. I should know I have made some shocking decisions in the past. On the other hand I have also made some good ones. I am not so sure which one wins though. If only I had taken more time over the bad decisions. But guess what?......What doesn't kill you makes you stronger .

As I get older I think I am beginning to realise that you have to go through and get past a lot of bad things in order to get to the good. If you are going through a bad time at the moment you have to dig in, grit your teeth and be couragious everyday until you can see light at the end of the tunnel.You have to just keep on keeping on. Do something no matter how small a step it is, so long as you do something to propel yourself forward.

This,believe it or not, makes you feel as though you are doing something to improve your situation. Action in it's purest form is the best possible course you can take.

At this point I feel I should be putting in some thought provoking quote. I would but I just cannot think of a suitable one.


Light at the end of the tunnel
Light at the end of the tunnel

There is a chance here that I could go off on a tangent because as I write this I have a thousand and one thoughts whirring round my head and I am writing it as fast as I can to get it all down. I apologise if some of this article appears a bit random and rambles on.

It is a massive subject and I want to give it justice as I feel compelled to help as many people as I can through this article.

To get what you want you have to do what?

To get what you want you have to just help enough people to get what they want. Simple.

When you take the focus off yourself and direct it towards helping other people you automatically begin to get what you want. Don't ask me why but I am sure it is a universal fact. It's like the old saying 'What goes around comes around'. This is usually said when you do something bad to another person. It works both ways though. If you are helping people,enough people, this saying will prove itself to be true. Do good and good will be done to you. Do bad and bad will be done to you. If everybody did good to each other, what a world this would be. On hub pages we can make a difference I am sure.


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  • poshcoffeeco profile imageAUTHOR

    Steve Mitchell 

    5 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Hi Jonah Elder, thanks so much for commenting, it is really appreciated.

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    Jonah Ender 

    5 years ago from Greater New York

    Beautifully put... I'm a fan.

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    Mohan Kumar 

    6 years ago from UK

    Agree with the sentiments Steve, well reflected. You have the ability to take a commonplace saying and ask questions around the theme helping us think further. Good hub!

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    Steve Mitchell 

    6 years ago from Cambridgeshire




    Thanks so much for all of your encouragement and votes. Glad you all liked the hub.

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    Audrey Howitt 

    6 years ago from California

    or--good comes out of every bad if you look at it the right way---nicely done!

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    Linda Bilyeu 

    6 years ago from Orlando, FL

    WDKYMYS is quoted by myself at least once a week, followed closely by "one day at a time." Excellent hub concept. I hope many benefit from it.

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    Cynthia Calhoun 

    6 years ago from Western NC

    If I go by this saying, then by my calculations, I'll either be Cat Woman or She-Ra. I will be very, very strong. Watch out, world! XD Great hub. You've got my votes.

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    Steve Mitchell 

    6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    ACV welcome to hub pages. I am glad you found your way here. Thanks for your kind comments. I hope you will come back often and be part of my circle of hub friends. I shall follow your work closely and if there is anything I can help you with please ask and I will do my best to help.

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    6 years ago from Philippines

    I am new here and I find your hub interesting to read and in the end it seems pretty motivational. I like it! and I believe it. Great hub :)

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    Steve Mitchell 

    6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    pennyofheaven...glad you liked it and thanks for your comments, I really do appreciate. Thanks for following.

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    6 years ago from New Zealand

    For all the thoughts whirling around in your head this is an excellent article!

    If we do what we love and do what comes natural we are less likely to perceive any work as struggle. The world seems less harsh and we are able to cope with the obstacles that may come our way in any form. As you say though if it doesn't kill us we are stronger.

    Wanting to help others is inherent in all of us. It is sometimes programmed out or over and we forget the true nature of our being. If its programmed out I do agree help others get what they want will also enrich our own lives.

    The joy of giving and helping then strengthens once again and miracles become everyday events. Awesome article. Thanks so much!!

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    Steve Mitchell 

    6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Thanks for visiting Andreea. Your comments mean a lot.

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    6 years ago from Upstate NY

    Couldn't be more true!

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    Steve Mitchell 

    6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Thanks for following R.H. Your comments are appreciated.

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    Kelly Umphenour 

    6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Totally agree - you get what you give:). Great hub!

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    Steve Mitchell 

    6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Aww thanks Mandy for your comments and for following back. We Brits can mix it up with these guys if we Poole together. (Sorry bad pun I know)

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    6 years ago from UK

    I agree that sometimes you have to go through really bad times to then reach the good times. It matures you,makes you appreciate things more and yes can indeed make you stronger. If you are open to learning from it and letting yourself become stronger and more resilient.

    Grear hub.

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    Stuart Goddard 

    6 years ago from Bradford

    Try drinking White lightening cider and report back to me lol

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    Steve Mitchell 

    6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Thanks Prisana for following back and and leaving your comments.

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    Prisana Nuechterlein 

    7 years ago from Thailand and Colorado

    Great hub about karma. I think the strongest people I have ever known, have also been the most giving. The weakest are the takers.

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    Steve Mitchell 

    7 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    PMP hi, thanks for the comment and for visiting. It is appreciated. Call in anytime.

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    7 years ago from Franklin

    Yep, we reap what we sow. I see life more like learning through experiences vs mistakes. We must go through, what I call the battlefield of life, to know the victory. Without the negative, there would be nothing to compare the positive. Life is about making good choices. As we mature, hopefully our choices will be more mature--therefore, better for us and others. Jesus tells us to walk after the Spirit not the Flesh. Didn't say it would always be easy. Great hub. Thanks!

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    Steve Mitchell 

    7 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    You do. Go to the top of the class !

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    princess g 

    7 years ago

    Then I must have passed:)

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    Steve Mitchell 

    7 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Many thanks pg for taking the time to drop by. The test threat was to make you read all the way through, which you obviously did.Ahah.

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    princess g 

    7 years ago

    Very motivational. Nice job. Where's the test:)

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    Steve Mitchell 

    7 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Thanks for dropping by. Hope you are well this fine day.

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    Peter Dickinson 

    7 years ago from South East Asia

    I tend to agree. Give good and good comes back. I don't give bad ever.

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    Dave Mathews 

    7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

    Well done and humorous too.

    How about "Do as I say not as I do."

    Parents have been repeating this to their children, since the beginning of time itself. I think even God Himself could apply this one to others, for no one could ever do as God as capable of doing, but we all better do as God says, to keep out of trouble both with Him as well as our parents or other bosses in our lives.

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    Brenda Barnes 

    7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    It is the universal law of sowing and reaping. What a farmer sows in his field will come up, grow and be harvested. No farmer ever planted corn then stood dumbfounded looking at the field wondering why wheat grew. This law holds true in the natural world and in God's kingdom. It never changes and cannot change because it is indeed a law.

    Concerning WDKYMYS, that is a big subject. Some pain doesn't make one stronger, but once we survive and overcome it, we can look back and assess the battlefield with a renewed sense of purpose.

    Whew! All that on my first cup of coffee this morning.

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    7 years ago

    Thanks Field-of-Flowers for your vote of confidence you are too kind.

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    7 years ago from Midwest, USA

    This is a great article I voted it up and awesome! Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us!

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    7 years ago

    I like uncorrectedvizion'z anzwer bcuz it'z true. BTW, I have no z key right now, zo bear with me. Voted up and awezome!

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    7 years ago from Indiana

    When I first saw that poster it was from a distance. I thought it said, "What does not kill you makes you STRANGER." I actually like that better. To survive that which kills most makes us different than other people who have not shared that experience, hence the stranger.

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    Joyce Haragsim 

    7 years ago from Southern Nevada

    I think that saying, 'What doesn't kill you' came from a generation like grandparents.Because I haven't heard one that in a long time. I find I use 'you don't know what's around the corner. And that's because all of a sudden there was cancer in my family and a death-nothing to do with cancer.


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