A silver lining of going through hardship is you naturally stop caring so much about what other people think of you.

Sometimes you don’t even realize until you find yourself in a situation you used to find nerve-racking. Suddenly you see it’s really not so intimidating. And you wonder, ‘huh, guess this doesn’t bother me anymore.’ But if you reflect for just a little longer you’ll understand that no, actually it’s because you’ve been working through something heartbreakingly sad, disappointing, scary. And in comparison, these ordinary moments – like giving a presentation, walking into a party where you know no one, having an interview – are really not a big deal.

The best thing about going through a hard time is how much stronger and confident you become without having to try.

Amelia Kruse is a Certified Leadership Coach based in New York working with professionals and entrepreneurs globally.