I’m talking about adversity. There’s always going to be adversity, especially if you dream big. There’s always going to be someone (and it may be you) who says, “You can’t do that.”
To overcome it, you have to embrace it. I’ve heard that Walt Disney would scrap an idea if the team he presented it to didn’t have any objections. To him, that meant he wasn’t dreaming big enough.
Your dreams need to be big… so big that they draw naysayers. I’m not saying you should surround yourself with naysayers; just that they’re useful for measuring the magnitude of your dreams.
As an example, my wife and I adopted all 4 of our children. There are many obstacles to becoming an adoptive parent, including the high cost, but we did it and we’re glad we did.
Adoptive parents go through background checks and health checks, an appearance before a judge, and interviews with social workers. They face many obstacles that ‘regular’ parents don’t face.
For us, the process made us strong and it made our children all the more special to us. It was our big dream to have 3 or 4 kids.
Business-wise, I had a big dream to start my own business and work from home. It was hard, and I made many costly mistakes. Some people felt I was crazy to leave the sure thing of a corporate job.
But I made it through the obstacles by refusing to quit. And now I’m teaching others, like you.
Listen and learn:
- Embrace adversity and know how to use it.
- If you want to grow, you will encounter obstacles.
- Dream big and stay on the path to realize the dream(s).
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