Today I want to let you in on another great truism of success not often discussed.
Are you ready for it?
You sure?

You might not like it.
In fact, I am sure you won’t like it.
Because I don’t.
No great achiever does.
But it is a reality none-the-less.
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POW! What to Do When You Get Knocked Down (Part 1 of 2)

What do you do when you get knocked down?

And you will.

This is LIFE we are talking about.

It is not always blue skies, sunshine and smiling people waving to you from either side of the street. Sometimes it rains, sometimes it even storms and sometimes it even comes with the added drama (and potential pain) of lightning and thunder.

What do you do then, Mr. Sunshine?

Let me first share with you the story of a young girl who got knocked down in life early.

Born to an unwed teenage mother, this young girl spent her first years on her grandmother’s farm in Mississippi while her mother looked for work in the North. Life on the farm was primitive, and despite the hardships of her physical environment, she enjoyed the loving support of her grandmother and the community.

But at the age of 6 the girl’s world took a turn for the worse. She was sent to Milwaukee to live with her mother, who had found work as a housemaid. In the long days when her mother was working and absent from their inner-city apartment, the young girl was repeatedly molested by her cousin, uncle and a family friend.

The horrific episodes of physical abuse lasted from the ages of 9 to 13, leaving the girl emotionally devastated. Frightened and vulnerable, she tried to run away but was sent to a juvenile detention home, only to be denied admission because all the beds were filled.

At the age of 14 she gave birth to a baby boy… who died in infancy. She was kicked out of the house and on her own. At 14.

How was your upbringing?
As bad as that?

If this girl suffered permanent depression, became an alcoholic or got addicted to drugs, no one would be surprised.

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Doing the Impossible

Hsieh-cover-DH-blog“We are. We are going to stop them.”

It was a promise, a battle cry—to end a country’s longest war. But this battle cry wasn’t bellowed by a mighty Roman general or a U.S. president. No, it was uttered in a dark room in northern Uganda, to a frightened boy, by a recent college graduate from San Diego.

And it was impossible.

The college kid was Jason Russell, founder of Invisible Children.

The war in Africa led by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and warlord Joseph Kony, the first person indicted by the International Criminal Court for genocide and crimes against humanity.

The boy was 12-year-old Jacob, who—like 30,000 other children—had been abducted by the LRA. Jacob also had watched as his brother was murdered by Kony.

Russell believed that if U.S. citizens knew about these atrocities, they would stop them. But how could Russell and his two co-founders spread the word in the United States? Well, by appearing on Oprah!

But getting on Oprah was about as difficult as stopping a war... CONTINUE READING

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Have you heard the joke about…
the guy who wanted to sell water (the stuff we were used to getting for free!) for more money than sodas or even beer? Or how about the one who wanted to start a new airline, the bloodbath of competition, during the dot-com crash? Then there is the one who launched a new cola company up against Coke and Pepsi. Oh, I know, how about the one about the guy who bought 160 acres of orange groves to build what he wanted to call “the happiest place on earth.” Nut ball, right?!

Are you laughing?
Most were when the Evian, Jet Blue, Virgin Cola and the Disneyland business plans were discussed. Evian gets $18.6 billion chuckles a year in revenue. Launched in 1999, Jet Blue was one of only a few airlines after 9/11 to be profitable. David Neeleman has $2 billion reasons to guffaw. People are always laughing at Richard Branson and for Virgin Cola it proved justified. But don’t laugh to hard, because Sir Richard has 360 other companies and giggles $3 billion times with his personal banker. Walt Disney has snickered 515 million times as each person has entered his happy place.

Historic revolutionaries, extraordinary achievers, and icons often were laughed at and ridiculed at first. If you believe in your dream or your vision, or a plan, don't let the snickering and finger-pointing going on behind your back deter you.

They laughed at the young black female

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