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05/20/2014 10:59 am ET Updated May 20, 2014

How To Achieve Personal Greatness In The Face Of Adversity

Sometimes, it's the obstacIes in our lives that give us the opportunity to discover our true selves, our real values, and how resilient we can be in the face of adversity.

Psychologist Dr. Carmen Harra, law student and writer Shayna Pitre and radio host Rebecca Juro have each faced their fair share of these challenging moments and successfully turned to their inner selves for guidance. The three joined HuffPost Live host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani to discuss their personal struggles, and how they've made it through the ups and downs to meet their own definition of success.

“We humans are very resilient creatures," explained Dr. Harra. "We can conquer anything from loss to tragedies to betrayal. But the most important thing is how you work with pain, how you get rid of your fear, and how you adopt the belief that you will be able to make it. First of all, you understand the source of your pain… By embracing the pain, you erase it, eliminate it and heal yourself. And then you find new ways, new meanings within yourself.”

For Pitre, the opinions of others caused her to doubt her ability to achieve success in law school, which challenged her to learn how to look past people’s perceptions and focus on her personal happiness.

“I used to care a lot about what other people thought and how they perceived me, and I suffered from low self-esteem. A lot of times, doing things where I could possibly fail or not be good enough, that would cause a lot of fear,” said Pitre. “What I would do is try to find meaning in life and in what I’m doing, and that allowed me to let go of what people thought.”

To hear their full conversation on overcoming adversity and achieving personal greatness, watch the full HuffPost Live clip in the video above.

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