September 24, 2013

You Gotta Do What You Gotta Do To Succeed

When I was 21, I was broke and homeless. I was living in my car, showering in public bathrooms and working as a cocktail waitress. My ex-husband, who I had […]

When I was 21, I was broke and homeless. I was living in my car, showering in public bathrooms and working as a cocktail waitress. My ex-husband, who I had only known for 7 days before we got married, left me with $2.03 to my name and a $35,000 debt.

On Christmas Day, I had a very powerful defining moment that caused me to take a good, hard look at my life. I realized it was going to take months for me to get into an apartment with the income I was making at my waitressing job. I was also never going to be able to pay off my debt at the rate I was going.

As I thought about things, I asked myself, "What will I do with my life? What can I do to change my financial situation?" I thought for a moment and then I answered myself: "Girl, you got yourself into this mess. It’s time to get yourself out!"

I looked in my rearview mirror and saw a box of weight-loss products that had just been sitting in my back seat. I purchased them right before my husband left me. I had used them for a few days before I made some lame excuse not to follow through with them.

I suddenly got a sinking feeling as I realized what I needed to do. I said to myself, "Oh, heck no! I am NOT going to become one of those peddlers of some stupid weight-loss product." But I had a sick feeling that I was supposed to do something I really did not want to do. This was the answer to my problem, but I didn’t like it.

I was desperate. I did not want to be homeless for another day. I needed to change my life. I couldn’t afford to spend a year looking for the "right" business. I had to make a decision to get out of that pathetic place in my life.

And you’ll never guess what happened when I made that decision! I used the weight-loss product that was right in front of me to start a business, and I made $2,000 within the first 4 days. I moved into an apartment less than 2 weeks later. By the end of that year, I made $250,000. By the end of my second year, I made my first million.

But I want you to think about what would have happened if I had chosen not to take advantage of the opportunity I had right in front of me. If I had ignored that box of weight-loss products in the back seat of my car, I have no idea where I would be today! I am so glad I was desperate and didn’t have time to be picky or find the "right" business opportunity. I did what was in front of me, and I worked with excellence and diligence. It was clearly worth it!

The reality is, the road to success is often paved with things you don’t want to do. In order to reach your goal, whether that goal is to pay off your debt, build a successful business, feed orphans all over the world, receive a promotion in your job or raise great kids, there will be things you don’t want to do. But, you have to weigh your ego against your bank account and figure out which weighs more. Which is worth more to you?

When I weighed my ego against my bank account, I found it was more important for me to do what I didn’t want to do, in order to get the results I wanted. Increasing my bank account was more important to me than my ego.

Today, I want you to evaluate your current situation. What will it take for you to reach your goal? What is standing in your way that you really don’t want to do? DO IT ANYWAY!!! Don’t settle for your current circumstances. Step up and do what you need to do to overcome them!

Who do you know that needs to read this today? Who in your life is facing major obstacles in their finances, relationships, business or career right now? Go ahead and pass this message along to those people right now. This could be the difference between success and failure for some people. So post this link on your social media sites, and send this email to your friends, family and co-workers.

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In great faith,

 

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