Thursday, May 05, 2005

How Good is Your Lemonade?

One of the biggest differences on that thin line between success and failure is the habit of finding the good hidden in the bad. It's a habit that separates winners from losers.

Taking adversity and turning it into an advantage is an art. On the bright side, it is an art that can be learned. All it takes is practice and consistency.

Life is going to throw you curveballs. That's just the way it is. It doesn't matter how much money or power or fame you have. Troubles come and nothing on earth can stop them. The key is to take those troubles and search for the hidden benefit.

There's an old saying that everyone who studies success philosophy knows, "Every adversity has with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit." It's up to us to dig deep for that greater benefit and use it to propel us on our success journey.

If you want to be a success in life, you must learn to triumph over adversity. Giving up or falling into despair is not the way champions are made. That's the quitter's way. A slow decent into an unfulfilled and uninspired existence.

Problems must be overcome and obstacles smashed if one is to become a true success in life, no matter what your calling is. Overcoming difficult situations builds character and creates and undefeatable willpower that in time, will respond to your beck and call.

Adversity allows us to grow if we only train ourselves to look for the great lessons that it teaches. It's all a matter of changing your focus. Concentrate on finding the benefit instead of obsessing on all the things that are wrong. Do this and problems will be discarded from your life like an old shirt no longer useful.

"When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." That has been the slogan for many a success in all fields and areas of life.

Thomas J. Watson (IBM), Charles Revson (Revlon), George Eastman (Kodak), Andrew Carnegie (U.S. Steel), Henry Ford (Ford Motor Company) and Larry Ellison (Oracle) were all high school drop-outs. Other business leaders such as Bill Gates (Microsoft), Michael Dell (Dell Computers) and John D. Rockefeller (Standard Oil) didn't complete college. A lack of education didn't stop them from becoming titans in the business world.

Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison were both called idiots who would be nothing but failures by their grammar school teachers. How wrong they were. History has proven it. Edison is the greatest inventor of all-time and Einstein it's greatest scientist.

There are so many examples we could go on all day. Suffice it to say that life will give you what you want provided one has a definite goal, belief in its achievement, takes action and learns to see the hidden good in all obstacles and problems.

How good is your lemonade? It all depends on how you look at it.

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