HOPE, INSPIRATION FROM SOME GREAT WOMEN

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“You may never fail on the scale that I did, but some failure in life is inevitable.”
So said J.K. Rowling, who was once on the verge of poverty, but who went on to write the Harry Potter series of books.
Peggy Anderson has compiled great messages from great women in a book titled, “Great Quotes from Great Women: From Marie Curie to Michelle Obama – inspiring words from women who have shaped our world.”
“The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude,” the book quotes mega TV star Oprah Winfrey.
“If I had to embrace a definition of success, it would be that success is making the best choices we can … and accepting them,” the book quotes Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, and author of the bestselling book, “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead.”
These disparate quotes have one thing in common: success involves choices.
That’s a hard concept for some to grasp. Many think they are governed by circumstances. They see very few real choices to make their lives better.
Rowling and Winfrey were each poor at one time. They made the choice to break away from that to do something great.
Sandberg, too, had to fight hard battles to succeed as a woman in a largely men’s world of technology.
The point they make is that circumstances happen, but they don’t have to define or defeat you.
Many folks have had a rough time of it over the last decade or so. Some may have had good jobs that disappeared. If they were lucky, during that time they found other work which more than likely doesn’t pay as well as the job they lost.
With a job loss often comes a loss of lifestyle and, to some, a loss of identity.
Yet, as one looks around, there is so much good to be thankful for.
Once way to get your head right is to focus on what’s good in your life – family, friends etc. Be thankful for what’s good, and the bad in your life will be much easier to overcome.
Also, there may be much good out there that you don’t yet know about. Be on the lookout for that person either in your life or who will come into your life that may show you a way you can better your circumstances. There are many such ways to better one’s financial circumstance and, at the same time, help one grow as a person.
If you are someone looking for something good to come into your life, and are willing to check out something you may know nothing about, message me.
Rowling, Winfrey and Sandberg all found something good to come into their lives. Some might say they were lucky. Most who find great success acknowledge their good fortune, but also believe they put themselves in position for good fortune to come to them. They looked for it, made themselves ready for when it would come and embraced it when it did.
Certainly, they had some talent. But there are ways out there to succeed without any special talent, education or expertise – just a willingness to learn and desire to make one’s life better.
So if you’re tired of your current situation, take on the attitude that if it is to be, it’s up to me. Then, just go for it.
Peter

LUCK: ANYONE CAN HAVE IT

“If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all.”
That’s paraphrasing a lyric from a song, titled “Gloom, Despair and Agony on Me,” made popular on the TV show “Hee Haw.”
We’ve often thought of those who have made it in their lives as “lucky.” By extension, we’ve regarded those who are struggling as “unlucky.”
We certainly have things happen to us that we can’t control. Some are good. Some are bad. We always hope that we can cherish the good in our lives, and overcome the bad.
But as TV star and successful businesswoman Oprah Winfrey has said, “Luck is a matter or preparation meeting opportunity.”
Most successful people view themselves as lucky. Yet their luck did not come by accident. It came from the wisdom of seeing an opportunity, and the work it took to make it happen.
Some of us shy away from opportunity. We think we don’t have it in us to pursue it. Or, to put it bluntly, we don’t have the AMBITION it takes to make it happen.
Those who believe luck is an accident also believe it will never come to them. Actually, most people have enough good in their lives to consider themselves lucky, but they don’t see it. Even if an opportunity were placed in front of them, they wouldn’t see it. They don’t want it badly enough to see it.
But let’s break down Winfrey’s statement: how does one “prepare” for luck? Preparation starts with a dream. Dreams start when “realism” is suspended. We all like to consider ourselves realists, but realism gets in the way of dreams.
After one establishes a dream, one needs the desire to make it happen. Such dreamers have just enough realism to know that their dreams may not come overnight. They also know that they will need to work to make it happen.
In short, a dream, plus the desire to make it happen, is preparation for luck.
Then comes opportunity. The preparation for luck allows a person to KNOW an opportunity when he sees it. He is constantly looking for the opportunity, and the power of his dream will allow him to eventually find it.
How does he find opportunity? He looks for it. He meets people. He finds out how they became successful. He determines whether the vehicle other people have used would work for him. If so, he goes for it.
Since he knows he will have to work, he is just looking for the vehicle for his efforts. There are many such vehicles out there. To check out one of the best, visit www.bign.com/pbilodeau. It may or may not be the vehicle you are looking for, but if you have the dream and the desire, it just might work for you.
When you’ve prepared to meet opportunity, know that success may not come quickly, or without setbacks. You’ll meet some pitfalls on your journey to success. You might even have to see less of your friends who sing, in one form or another, “Gloom, Despair and Agony on Me.”
So if your dream is big enough, and your drive is strong enough, you have sufficiently prepared to be lucky. You will know enough, despite how little or much education you’ve had, to look for a good opportunity, and to recognize it when you find it.
Best of luck to you!
Peter