Adversity is a Gift

“Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course.”
—William Shakespeare 

You lost the election.

You bet on the wrong stock.

You missed the game winning field goal.

You fell down face first into a pile of mud.

And it hurt. 

It still does sometimes.

But you weren’t meant to remain in pain.

The pain – the adversity, is an opportunity to grow, to learn, to prosper, but in the moments it happens it’s almost impossible to appreciate.

Adversity doesn’t feel good, but it carries within it a gift.

The gift of experience.

“Experience is the teacher of all things.”
—Julius Caesar

The gift may be hidden, but it’s there, waiting for you to find it, open it, & move forward – stronger, wiser, and ready for the next opportunity.

Compare Less. Do more

Sometimes I scroll through social media and find myself comparing myself to famous people who seem to have “made it.”

Yes they have made it to where they are, and that’s perfect, but that’s not where our focus should be.

My focus, your focus, our focus, should remain upon our own lives, our own goals, our own dreams.

When you stop comparing and start focusing and working on improving your own life, life improves. 

It takes time, but it’s worth it.

“Stay in your lane. Comparison kills creativity and joy.”
-Brene Brown

Begin Today

How much time do you spend waiting?

Instead of waiting, what do you think could happen if you tried?

Do you even know where you are headed?

Think about a better future. For yourself & for humanity. For this World.

What does it look like?

From here, is where you begin🙏❤️✨

What are you waiting for?

How much time do you spend waiting?

Waiting for someone else to do it. 

Waiting for answers.

Waiting to feel better.

I’ve spent a lot of time waiting for these things to happen until I realized it is my responsibility to make it happen.

I am in the driver’s seat of my life just as you are in the driver’s seat of your life.

We can hitchhike & wander all our lives or we can learn how to drive.

Where are you going?

What are you waiting for?

FEEL your way to SUCCESS

What does success feel like to you?

Feelings are powerful. 

What we continually and strongly feel, we manifest.

So what do you want to manifest?

Begin here:

First, define success.

Second, define what success specifically means for you.

Third, dwell upon the feeling of if you already have what you defined as success.

Four, persist, believe, & remember that you will fail, but through your failures continue to remember & dwell within YOUR feeling of success.

Five, your success is dependent on you & not anyone else. Take responsibility for it. 

Define success before feeling it, and be specific.

The universe responds.

Tony Robbins Free Resources

Tony Robbins knows how to bring out the best in people.

He’s been a huge source of motivation throughout my life and continues to inspire.

Two of my favorite books come from Tony — Awaken The Giant Within and Unlimited Power. He also inspired me to share his message on six human needs and why we all do what we do, here.

Tony offers a range of free resources to awaken the giant within you, inspiring action toward a more self-empowered life, as they have done for me. Find them on his site here.

“We can change our lives.
We can do, have, and be exactly what we wish.”
– Tony Robbins

“The Chinese Bamboo Tree” Parable By Les Brown

In the far East they have something called The Chinese Bamboo Tree.

The Chinese Bamboo Tree takes five years to grow.

They have to water and fertilize the ground where it is every day,
and it doesn’t break through the ground until the fifth year.

But once it breaks through the ground,
within 5 weeks it grows 90 feet tall.

Now the question is does it grow 90 feet tall in 5 weeks or 5 years?

The answer is obvious.
It grows 90 feet tall in five years.

Because at any time if had that person stopped watering, and nurturing, and fertilizing that tree, that bamboo tree would have died in the ground.

And I can see people coming out talking to a guy out there watering and fertilizing the ground that’s not showing anything,

“Hey, whatcha doing? You’ve been out here a long time, man. And the conversation in the neighborhood is…You growin a Chinese Bamboo Tree, is that right??”

“Yea that’s right”

“Well even Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder can see ain’t nothing showin.”

You know that’s how people are gonna do you:

“So how long have you been working on this? How long have you been working on your dream? And you have nothing to show? This is all you got to show???”

People gonna do that to you.

And some people ladies and gentleman, they stop.

Because they don’t see instant results.

It doesn’t happen quickly.

They stop, oh no, no, no, no…

You’ve got to keep on watering your dreams 

And when it begins to happen, they stop laughing.

They say “Look, whoa, look here, it’s, look up, hey man you know I knew you could do it, look, you got a job here?”

See during those hard times you didn’t know how you’re gonna make payroll, during those times when you failed and things didn’t work out, they were nowhere to be found. 

You know what I discovered, when you’re working at your dream, somebody said “the harder the battle, the sweeter the victory.”

Oh it’s sweet to ya. It’s good to ya, why?

See when it’s hard and there’s a struggle, see what you become in the process is more important than the dream.

That’s far more important.

The kind of person you become, the character that you build, the courage that you develop, the faith that you’re manifesting.

Oh it’s something that you get up in the morning, you look yourself in the mirror, you’re a different kind of person, you walk with a different kind of spirit.

People know that you know what life is. That you have embraced life.
You knew it was hard, but you did it hard.

17 Motivational Quotes to Keep You Going

1) Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.
—George Herbert



2) When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal; you do not change your decision to get there.
—Zig Ziglar



3) Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.
—Ambrose Redmoon



4) Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny. 
—C.S. Lewis


5) Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough. 
—Og Mandino


6) Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.
—Dale Carnegie


7) When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.
— Elon Musk


8) The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. 
—Confucius


9) The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.
—Rob Siltanen


10) Imagine your life is perfect in every respect; What would it look like?
—Brian Tracy


11) Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
—Steve Jobs


12) We generate fears while we sit. We overcome them by action.
— Henry Link


13) Energy and persistence conquer all things.
—Benjamin Franklin


14) For every reason it’s not possible, there are hundreds of people who have faced the same circumstances and succeeded.
—Jack Canfield


15) Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen… yourself, right now, right down here on Earth.
—Bradley Whitford


16) Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
— Robert Louis Stevenson


17) A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.
—Nelson Mandela

17 Quotes That Will Inspire You to Live Your Dream

1) If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.
Bishop T.D. Jakes

2) Almost everything–all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure–these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
— Steve Jobs

3) I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing that I wanted to do.
— Georgia O’Keefe

4) If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.
— Nora Roberts

5) A year from now you may wish you had started today. 
Karen Lamb

6) How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
— Anne Frank

7) Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
— Mark Twain

8) You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
— C.S. Lewis

9) Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.
— Joseph Campbell

10) When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.
— Helen Keller

11) Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.
—Arthur Ashe

12) There are those who work all day. Those who dream all day. And those who spend an hour dreaming before setting to work to fulfill those dreams. Go into the third category because there’s virtually no competition.
— Steven J. Ross

13) The Man Who Has Confidence In Himself Gains The Confidence Of Others.
— Hasidic Proverb

14) The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.
— Amelia Earhart

15) Follow your own passion—not your parents’, not your teachers’—yours. 
Robert Ballard

16) All progress takes place outside of your comfort zone.
Michael Bobak

17) The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. 
Lao Tzu