How can you measure the brightness of a star? A star’s brightness is measured by the amount of darkness that surrounds it. The greater the darkness, the brighter the star shines. Now imagine that you are that star but instead of being surrounded by darkness you are surrounded with challenges. My philosophy is that challenges are unrecognizable opportunities that are commonly missed. Although challenges appear as unwanted difficulties that momentarily interrupt our lives, they serve a unique purpose that’s often misunderstood. You might think of challenges as obstacles that are preventing you from reaching your goals, but they are meant to move you out of your comfort zone and closer towards achieving your goals. Think of it this way, if it was easy than anyone could do it. How can you realize your full potential without a challenge? The greater the darkness the brighter the star shines. For what is the purpose of a star without darkness? The same ability of the star to shine in darkness hides within you so that you may overcome the challenges in your life.