Never lose hope, even in the face of darkest tragedies. Here are 10 life-changing lessons you can learn from Anne Frank.
Anne Frank, a young mind who never got to live past the age of 15, gives us a treasure trove of wisdom that is indispensable till today. Her book ‘Diary Of A Young Girl’ is one of the most widely read and appreciated pieces of artwork. Though she had to endure hard times, her faith and love for humanity never died out.
10 Life Changing Lessons from Anne Frank
Here are 10 Life-Changing Lessons You Can Learn from Anne Frank.
1. You Must Have The Courage To Be Yourself
“Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands” – Anne Frank
We go about this world fulfilling expectations and dreams of others. But have you ever paused for a second and gave thought to yourself? No, right? Here’s where Anne asks us to be unapologetic for being yourself. In-fact you should be proud of who you really are and embrace and nourish it every moment. It is the root of all happiness. Without it, everything is devoid of meaning.
2. Never Give Up Or Compromise On Your Dreams
“It’s difficult in times like these: ideals, dreams and cherished hopes rise within us, only to be crushed by grim reality” – Anne Frank
Your dreams define your purpose. It is who you are. Just because others are unable to understand and acknowledge your passion doesn’t mean you have to adjust to their patterns by compromising on your dreams. The world will never be structured according to your space, you have to create your own. You need to know what it is that lies deep inside you. That whisper, that calling is something you should advocate, not sacrifice. Let the world adjust to your passions, not the other way round.
3. You Must Trust Your Own Potential And Unlock It
“Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!” – Anne Frank
We never know what we are capable of. We remain ignorant of the upper limit of our abilities till they’re put to test. Anne asks us to build a coherent trust on ourselves and the intrinsic qualities that we have. Although they are latent, they can be unlocked and put to great causes. Never doubt your own potential. If you start doubting it, no one will help you. But if you start believing in it, your potential can become your most powerful tool.
4. Never Stop Working On Yourself
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank
There’s no limit for improvement. You can always become something better. What you are today can be evolved into something greater, something more radiant and flourishing. According to Anne, one must strive to become their better version. Each day brings us a new opportunity, and we must harness it to work on ourselves, our potential to become something that we aspire to be.
5. Wealth Is Not A Measure Of Greatness
“Human greatness does not lie in wealth or power, but in character and goodness.” – Anne Frank
Money buys commodities, and greatness is not one of them. Anything tangible can be purchased, but not human greatness. Anne says that the measure of a person doesn’t lie in the amount of wealth they have accumulated, but in their actions and deeds. What you stand for always surpasses the lust for money. Wealth can never be a determinant of human greatness.
6. We Are All Inherently Good
“I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.” – Anne Frank
We live in an age, where goodness is laughed at. We no longer believe in virtue and think that opportunity is something everyone seeks and makes use of. Being mean and opportunistic is considered profitable. But people fail to realize that we have not converted into mean people. Rather, we have suppressed our inner goodness deep down in our subconscious. We can rediscover our goodness, and embrace it to cultivate compassion and empathy in the world.
7. Appreciate What You Have, You’ll Be Happy
“I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains” – Anne Frank
We tend to grieve over our loss more than appreciating what we are left with. The mind shows us all the misery, and not the happiness that is still with us. It is you who have to realize what you have lost and what you still have. Most of us only highlight the sorrow, and not the joy. The world always has something we can be contented with. We just need to look around and realize the beauty of it. No matter how painful the loss is, you always have something valuable left which you can cherish.