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Some of life's greatest lessons come packaged in a hard personal experience.

I've learned a few things in life, but truly, the greatest things I know came through mistakes, failures and disappointments.

Here are 10 hard-to-learn life lessons:

  • A "lesson in humility" teaches far more than an "ego boost."
  • Often, in my experience, what I don't want to do is the very thing I need to do the most.
  • The best friends sometimes say the hardest things to hear.
  • Sometimes it's not until you give up the right to control that a breakthrough comes.
  • People are more honest with you if they can predict your reaction.
  • We hurt most the ones we love the most.
  • Very few people can really comply with "don't tell anyone."
  • You never get a second chance at a first impression.
  • God's way is better than my own.
  • Rebuilding trust is more difficult than keeping established trust.

Ron Edmondson is the senior pastor at Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky.

This article originally appeared at ronedmondson.com.

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