How to Turn Defeat into Victory

Turning Defeat into Victory As you can imagine, I receive a lot of e-mails from people who share their woes with me – particularly during these bad economic times. And while I can’t answer all of them, I do try to read each and every one. I not only do it because I feel a moral obligation, but for selfish reasons as well. You would be amazed at the continuing education I receive from my readers’ e-mails. The following e-mail, from “G.H.” in the West Indies, is a good example of what I’m referring to. I am an avid fan. I am committed to change since I believe that, in spite of my talents, it is the shoot-from-the-hip, BS from the mouth that has me where I am today – over forty, no savings, and re-starting my business every Monday morning. I have had far too many peaks and troughs since I started my business back in 1994. Sometimes the troughs were very deep and excruciatingly painful, only because I never stuck with anything long enough. I was always leaving for a trip here, another opportunity there, getting sidetracked, and sometimes opting to party and enjoy life instead of attending to what needed to be done. Thank you for your thorough explanation of this thing called persistence. I am encouraged. What struck me about G.H.’s e-mail was his willingness to bare his soul and be totally honest – not so much with me, but with himself. By doing so, I believe he has already taken the first step toward rising above his past mistakes and achieving the kind of...

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