Arrive and Thrive

Highly successful people are not born highly successful. We know the opportunities that are available to persons with privilege are not equal across all soci0-economic levels. However, we also understand through motor learning, that an experience without struggle, without error, does not stimulate learning and thrive. We perceive a greater amount of success when we achieve something that required greater effort and struggle. The reward system (oversimplified) of dopamine requires that a success be balanced with a chance at error or failure. With too much privilege and no consequence, do we foster any of the following: thrive, work-ethic, or grit? Patients in rehabilitation are people. Human desires and tendencies remain largely consistent after a stroke, with a diagnosis of Parkinson Disease, or with limb loss. Many studies prove this out with measures of happiness in victory (lottery winnings) and tragedy (spinal cord injury). Successful people arrive and thrive. They get to a place that they had aspired to “arrive” to…and they continue to aspire for more, “thrive”. This does not mean that one would never be happy, conjuring the hedonic treadmill, but rather that a hunger or a grit is a trait of permanence, one that can be fostered more easily than extinguished.