Lou Ludwig Success Tips: The School of Hard Knocks

The School of Hard Knocks


The School of Hard Knocks

“Most people once they graduate from the school of

hard knocks, automatically enroll in the

university of adversity.”

Peter McWilliams, 1949 – 2000, Writer


As I see it . . . . . . .

The school of hard knocks


In most schools when you graduate you’ll receive a diploma. When you graduate from the school of hard knock . . . . You will have your bumps and bruises . . . . and the life experiences to make you a stronger person.


No school can prepare you for the future the way that the school of hard knocks can. It will prepare you . . . . to get up after you have been knocked down . . . . and to successful deal with your challenges.


The admission to the school of hard knocks can be high . . . . but the life lessons become invaluable in pursuing your goals.


Hard knocks happen when you least expect them . . . . and you will be graded on how we respond to them.


Attending the school of hard knocks may not be pleasant . . . . but you can choose when you graduate . . . .  and how you apply the life lessons that you have learned.


©2015 Lou Ludwig Motivational Power Quote, Sales and Management Consultant, Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author



Comment balloon 13 commentsLou Ludwig • July 30 2015 08:29PM


Lou Ludwig In my experience the school of hard knocks has been the most expensive school I've ever attended.

Posted by Jennifer Provencio, The Reverse Mortgage Speciailist (San Diego County and Central Valley) over 4 years ago

Lou I loved your observation better than the Quote you named:


Attending the school of hard knocks may not be pleasant . . . . but you can choose when you graduate . . . .  and how you apply the life lessons that you have learned.

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) over 4 years ago

I have my masters degree from the school of hard knocks and only a bachelors from the school of adversity Lou Ludwig 

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) over 4 years ago

 Good Friday morning Lou. I have just earned my doctorate from Hardknock  University. I have all the lumps on my head to prove it. – LOL

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 4 years ago

Good morning Michael. You can't be in business and not have learned many lessons the hard way, hopefully once learned these are mistakes that aren't made again.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) over 4 years ago

Lou, the School of Hardknocks can prepare you well or not at all! The choice is yours! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) over 4 years ago

Hi Lou.  I have my PHD from the university of adversity, though I was almost expelled from the school of hard knocks.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 4 years ago

Oh I have attended that school and though I hope I had graduated I think I might be going back for a remedial refresher. Not looking forward to it.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 4 years ago

Been there and done that, but the education has been excellent.

Posted by Donald Urschalitz, P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County (Lubeck Realty Group) over 4 years ago

Lou I love this one - because you can CHOSE whenever you want to graduate!  My Dad used to use this phrase and I never really understood it as a kid - do now!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten Broker/Owner, CRB, CRS, 602-380-4886 (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 4 years ago

Lou you are all over the blog roll today, you busy bee...have a great weekend!

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) over 4 years ago

This was my major in life...I still have to graduate but so far the grades are high...and often!

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 4 years ago

I think I got a PHD from the best Hardknock University in that case. I would not change it for anything though, I know it was a better education then any college could provide to be successful.

Posted by Stefan Winter, Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech (Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger) over 4 years ago