Adversity Gives You StrengthWritten by John Boe
How can you stay motivated in midst of turbulent times and a sluggish economy? How do you persevere when many companies are reducing spending and customers seem to be holding on to every last penny in fear of an economic downturn? Every challenge you encounter in your life comes with seed of equivalent or greater benefit. Adversity is a hard teacher, it never leaves you where it found you; it will either build you up or tear you down.
Selling in these challenging times requires determination and fortitude. Are you a quitter? Do you give up or give in before you give out? Quitting is habit forming; it becomes easier each time you do it. Thomas A. Edison documented 10,000 failed attempts to develop light bulb. A reporter asked great inventor how it felt to have failed 10,000 times. Edison responded, “Young man, I didn't fail 10,000 times trying to invent light bulb, I simply found 10,000 ways that it wouldn't work!” Think about how different our world would be if Edison had been a quitter. The last time you failed, did you stop trying because you failed – or did you fail because you stopped trying? Having will to persevere when times are tough is a characteristic commonly found among self-made millionaires. Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. You must expect to encounter temporary setbacks and potholes of adversity along road to success.
The American SpiritWritten by John Boe
September 11, 2001 is a date this country will never forget. The United States was under attack from suicidal terrorists and as shock subsided, it dawned on Americans everywhere that they were now on frontlines of a new kind of battle. A battle not fought on foreign soil but within our borders. Who can ever forget horrific pictures of crash site in Pennsylvania, Pentagon damaged and burning or New York’s elegant Twin Towers collapsing into rubble before our very eyes? The images of destruction and heroism on that day are etched into our memories. Our respect and admiration went out to firemen, police officers, medical technicians and other volunteers as they worked heroically amidst smoke and dust searching for survivors at “ground zero.” Feelings of shock and disbelief soon turned into thoughts of sorrow, fear and anger. In aftermath of this terrorist attack, using all of its resources and drawing on past, country struggles to make sense of tragedy.
If this act of unprecedented violence was intended to divide us as a country and break our spirit as a people it failed miserably! For you see, American Spirit can’t be blown up, burned down or extinguished. These cowardly killers made a huge mistake when they underestimated character and compassion of American Spirit! People across this great nation pulled together, not apart. Proud Americans from coast to coast stood in line for blocks waiting to give their blood. Flags came out and candles were lit as Americans collectively mourned this tragedy.