Facing Adversity

If you were born into a poor family without the means to send you to a desired university, you can’t go back and trade in your parents for a set of millionaires.

If you were born with a physical disability, you can’t trade in your body for a better model.

Remember, however, that the cards you are dealt are less important than the way you play your hand.

History books are full of success stories about people who faced adversity as a challenge.

I know this from my own life. Throughout my K-12 education, I stuttered so badly that I was afraid to open my mouth in public. When I did, I could feel my heart beating so badly that I thought I was going to have a heart attack.

Since then I have been a salesman; teacher; university lecturer; elementary, middle, and high school principal, and have lectured in 25 countries on five continents.

Adversity often prompts people to great success.

Tip: As Mahatma Gandhi stated, “Adversity is the mother of progress.” Engage this mindset.