Sunday, November 20, 2011

Life = Risk

I truly believe one of the greatest tragedies of mankind is our own limited thoughts and view of our potential.  The great researcher Maslow theorized that only two percent of the world will achieve self-actualization! 

If there seems to be a theme in my blogs it is that we are each as great or as small as we think we are, and the very best that life has to offer is there for our taking! 

The path to success is never easy, but isn’t it the journey anyways which makes us truly savour our accomplishments?  It doesn’t matter where we are when we start it’s about where we are going.   And while the journey may be long, it is a race against our own potential and not the achievements of others.  Failures are inevitable.  But, as Oliver Goldsmith once said “Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall.”

Most importantly, we should never let anyone assign a number or boundary to what is possible of our own potential.  For then you’ve definitely given up.  Some of the greatest achievements in history (e.g., The Airplane – Wright Brothers, Wilma Rudolph, Hellen Keller, discovery of insulin to treat diabetes – Banton & Best) have come when people were told they could not do it!

Dare to be amazing!  This short clip for today’s Sunday’s Lyrics is dedicated to that relentless pursuit for greatness!

Script -
Dismissed from drama school with a note that read, "Wasting your time.  She's too shy to put her best foot forward.” – Lucille Ball

Turned down by the Decca recording company who said, "We don't like their sound and guitar music is on the way out." – The Beatles

A failed soldier, farmer, and real estate agent.  At 38 years old, he went to work for his father as a handyman. – Ulysses S. Grant

Cut from the high school basketball team. He went home, locked himself in his room, and cried. – Michael Jordan

A teacher told him he was too stupid to learn anything and he should go into a field where he might succeed by virtue of his pleasant personality. – Thomas Edison

Fired from a newspaper because he lacked imagination and had no original ideas. – Walt Disney

His fiancée died, he failed in business twice, he had a nervous breakdown, and he was defeated in eight elections. – Abraham Lincoln

If you've never failed, you've never lived.