Life is good. But it depends upon on the individual on how to use and make his life meaningful and productive. The Word of God clearly emphasize this in the book of Jeremiah 29 11-12 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you” (NIV).
Did you use your life that our loving and merciful God gave to you for a productive and a meaningful living? Do you exert all your effort and strength to attain your desire goal? Or do you sometimes discourage because of the criticism you heard from the evilspeaking tongues of your friends, relatives, and neighbors? Or sometimes you doubt about your ability and capacity to succeed in your adhering in life?
If your answer is yes to all the questions above, I encouraged you my dear beloved readers to read the following story of the certain great people on how they used their lives to work and strive hard for excellence despite of the criticisms and insults they received from the negative and toxic people.
Napoleon Hill, a poor boy and a deficient in education had the ambition to be a writer but his good friends assured him his ambition was impossible but because he believes in the beauty of his dreams finally he became a great writer and the author of the very famous inspirational classical book “Think and Grow Rich” that until now, it is one of the best seller in the Philippines.
Chester Carlson in the 1940’s his idea was turned down by 20 companies including some of the biggest in the country. After 7 long years, in 1947, his idea was accepted. The idea was the XEROX MACHINE.
Marilyn Monroe in 1944 was criticized by Emmeline Snively, the director of the Blue Book Modeling, telling her “You’d better learn secretarial work or else get married” but later on she became one of the famous international celebrity artist.
The Beatles in 1962, criticized by the Decca Recording Company, Telling them “We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out” but gradually because of their persistence and determination to achieve their dreams, they become a great international band. And now they are known in their song “Yesterday” “Michelle” “Mr. Postman” etc.
Me also during my student life, I experienced too a lot of criticism. But as a young man and historian, who are always thirsty, hunger for knowledge and wisdom, through reading the profiles of the great people of the world, I discovered, come up, and finally concluded that a statue has never been erected in honor for a critic!
Dear readers if you have similar experienced like me and others, please do not take heed to that group of toxic, negative people but focus on your main goal to win!
Tedy Rosevelt, an American great president once says, “In the battle of life, it is not the critic who counts; nor the one who points out how the strong person stumbled, or where the doer of a deed could have done better.
The credit belongs to the person who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; who does actually strive to do deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotion, spends oneself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at worst, if he or she fails, at least fails while daring greatly.
Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those timid spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.”
Anthony Robbins adds, “There are no real successes without rejection. The more rejection you get, the better you are, the more you’ve learned, the closer you are to your outcome.”
People, If you have tried and met with failure; if you have planned and watched your plans as they were crushed before your eyes; just remember that greatest men in all history were the products of courage, and courage, you know, is born in the cradle of adversity.
George Bernard Shaw further added, “When I was a young man, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. I didn’t want to be a failure so I did ten times more work.”
My dear beloved readers, here is a secret formula on how to beat your odds in life. Read and think of this carefully:
“Know what you are going to do and then do it and don’t backslide. If you make a mistake, make a glorious one. It’s like the man who comes to the tree at the fork in the road and says, ‘which way shall I go, this way or that?’ Go! Take one way and go. There is always the element of timing. Everything has a time and place” (Gurn Rutt).
My dear beloved readers, I remind you that…
If you have a dreams
Hold on to your dreams
If your dreams die
You’re like a wounded bird without a wing!
Once again, I strongly encourage you, focus in your goals to win and read and think of this carefully once again:
If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you’d like to win but think you can’t, it’s almost certain you won’t.
Life’s battles don’t always to the stronger or faster man,
But sooner or later, the man who wins is the man who thinks he can.
Calvin Coolidge argued, “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talents will not, nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not, unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Educations will not, the world is full of education derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”
I’ve found out that before any great accomplishment is achieved in reality, it’s believed in heart. If you need to hear the applause of the crowd, you have to begin your attack in the face of criticism, believing that the applause will come later.
To you my dear readers, I encouraged you…do your best and God will do the rest!
Remember the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams! So hold on…hold on…hold on to your dreams!
You can if you think you can!
Wish you many blessings to come and God Bless!
Moises Padin Reconalla
About the Author
Moises Padin Reconalla is an alumnus of Adventist UNiversity of the Philippines. And a graduate student of Cor Jesu College. Worked as a Guidance Counselor and College Instructor at North Davao Colleges, Panabo City, Philippines. You can send your comments about this article through his email email@example.com
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