An assembly on the amazing life of Earnest Shackleton. So what can we learn? Difficulties are just things to overcome. Earnest Shackleton had numerous challenges in his life and never gave up. If we truly want to achieve, became experts in a chosen field, it will not be an easy journey. But think of Shackleton, stranded in the middle of a continent filled with ice. He survived as did everyone else. Because difficulties are just things to overcome.