The single most important thing in life, if you want to get through it in one piece, is to know how to take a punch.
Physical, mental, emotional.
Because the blows will happen. Some of them will be small, some of them will be massive. If you can’t take a punch and keep on going, if you aren’t durable and indomitable, you are toast. To take a licking and keep on ticking is the single biggest dividing line between a whole bunch of dichotomies that people ruminate on—success vs. failure, happiness vs. sadness, strength vs. weakness and so on.
The big game is the mental game and that’s where you either thrive or suffer. All the rest—it’s all just a bunch of random punches.