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Tycoonism “Many of Life’s Failures Are Men Who Did Not Realize How Close They Were to Success When They Gave Up.”

April 8, 2009

Did you ever set a goal and stop just before you got to the end because you really weren’t sure how close you were to the finish line? Like running 5 miles on a track and you know it takes 20 laps to get to the finish line but you lose count somewhere around lap 17, get frustrated and stop just 3 laps shy of your goal? Chances are if you kept going, you’d remember the last lap you counted, realize where you were and keep going – maybe even pick up the pace because you saw how close you were to the finish!!

Wouldn’t it be nice if we knew exactly how we are doing in everything in life? But that doesn’t happen that way at all, right? Life is structured in such ways where sometimes we need Faith, Courage, Strength, Intelligence, Diligence and a Sense of Humor to be able to figure out just where we are in life. The world is not arranged in a way where everything is guaranteed, predictable and measurable. That’s why a little Faith and Courage (and a really good Sense of Humor) go a long way to helping you be a Winner!

I mean, who doesn’t want to be a Winner? Or a hero even? We all want to succeed in everything we do. And there are certainly occasions when true glory awaits. The pilot who safely landed that plane in the Hudson River a couple of months ago probably didn’t start out his day saying “I want to be a hero today”, but chances are that his Courage demonstrated that day were the result of his Faith and Diligence practiced over his 30-year career. In the face of that crisis, he carried on and the results were extraordinary.

When you face a crisis, more often than not, it pays to carry on no matter what. Doesn’t it feel good when you finally get something done? Solve something complicated? Find a solution to some long-standing family problem? Winning takes effort; but so too does knowing when to walk away. Ever hear of losing a battle to win the war? Sometimes, it is the better part of valor to walk away but there’s a difference between walking away to win another day, and just giving up!

In other words, stop being so afraid of calling it quits. Just understand that you’re playing to win the full season, not just a single game.Did you ever set a goal and stop just before you got to the end because you really weren’t sure how close you were to the finish line? Like running 5 miles on a track and you know it takes 20 laps to get to the finish line but you lose count somewhere around lap 17, get frustrated and stop just 3 laps shy of your goal? Chances are if you kept going, you’d remember the last lap you counted, realize where you were and keep going – maybe even pick up the pace because you saw how close you were to the finish!!

Wouldn’t it be nice if we knew exactly how we are doing in everything in life? But that doesn’t happen that way at all, right? Life is structured in such ways where sometimes we need Faith, Courage, Strength, Intelligence, Diligence and a Sense of Humor to be able to figure out just where we are in life. The world is not arranged in a way where everything is guaranteed, predictable and measurable. That’s why a little Faith and Courage (and a really good Sense of Humor) go a long way to helping you be a Winner!

I mean, who doesn’t want to be a Winner? Or a hero even? We all want to succeed in everything we do. And there are certainly occasions when true glory awaits. The pilot who safely landed that plane in the Hudson River a couple of months ago probably didn’t start out his day saying “I want to be a hero today”, but chances are that his Courage demonstrated that day were the result of his Faith and Diligence practiced over his 30-year career. In the face of that crisis, he carried on and the results were extraordinary.

When you face a crisis, more often than not, it pays to carry on no matter what. Doesn’t it feel good when you finally get something done? Solve something complicated? Find a solution to some long-standing family problem? Winning takes effort; but so too does knowing when to walk away. Ever hear of losing a battle to win the war? Sometimes, it is the better part of valor to walk away but there’s a difference between walking away to win another day, and just giving up!

In other words, stop being so afraid of calling it quits. Just understand that you’re playing to win the full season, not just a single game.

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