The title of this post was a statement made by the late Steve Jobs. Inherent in its meaning is that, in life - belief is a requirement, things often make sense only in retrospect.
It's human nature to experience frustration when we come up short on something we spend precious resources pursuing. We work so hard and when things don't happen for us the way it "should" the temptation to give up is alluring.
Experience has taught me that instead of giving up, it is far more prudent to give in to the setback and let it guide you beyond your original purpose.
Whether it's a relationship, or a business venture, or a class project. Don't be ruled by the perception of a setback. Own it, Learn from it, grow from it, become better because of it -- let it lead you to do more -- to be more.
Ultimately, persistence is rewarded and success happens because those earlier setbacks paved the way.
Operating from this perspective is fundamental to reaching your potential. This is the winning mindset, the mindset of a Steve Jobs and every other great achiever. So keep going ... and eventually the dots will connect. You'll see.