Turning Adversity into Your University

AdversityAdversity happens. Not just to you, not just to me, but to everyone.

Obstacles are necessary for success because in selling as in all careers of importance, victory comes only after many struggles and countless defeats?” ~ Og Mandino

If you keep moving toward your goals, then you can’t fail. Brian Tracy, my mentor, friend and business partner, constantly tells me that we simply don’t have enough time in our lives to learn all we need to learn to be successful.

That’s why we need to reduced our learning curve by studying the successes and failures of others. Then we can avoid the failures when possible and emulate the successes as we advance toward our own success.

Another friend, Art Mortell, taught me there’s no such thing as failure – just experiences that end up producing undesired results.


So many people are afraid of failure because they think that if they attempt something and fail, it will mean the end of life, or the world will cease to exist.This is not true!

Bottom line, I think what you and others may be worried about is this: “What will other people think of me if I attempt something and I get a less than desireable result, or if I fall flat on my face?”

My response is “Who cares what others think about you? All that matters is what you think of yourself.” I have said it before and I will say it again, using speaker and author Les Brown’s words,

Never let another person’s opinion of you become your reality.”

You see, sticking to a normal life – a life without risk – is boring. So many people think they will opt for the safe and Overcome adversitysecure way and just keep their job and not attempt any new venture on their own.

In other words, they just want to be given fish on payday rather than choosing to fish for themselves.

This mind-set is very, very dangerous, because once they lose their jobs they will literally starve.

Breaking through adversity

One of my close friends and business partners Thach Nguyen immigrated from Vietnam to the United States as a young boy. Today, he is a multimillionaire because he has overcome all the adversity that has come his way. He says:

“Most people cannot grow if they don’t experience adversity.”

Oversome adversityWhen Thach and his family were escaping from Vietnam, they almost missed the last plane out of Saigon. His father packed up all their family’s belongings in the family vehicle. Then their vehicle broke down on the way to the airport so their family was stuck overnight. His father made the long walk into the nearest town and came back to fix their vehicle; they just barely made it in time for the last flight.

As a result, Thach has a personal mantra I think we should all live by. It goes like this:

“You can’t have a breakthrough in your life until you go through a breakdown..”

This topic from my newest book “The Affluent Entrepreneur”, is also one of the topics that I speak on.

If you are looking for an opening or keynote speaker I will be happy to customize topics to relate to the needs and interests of the audience I will be speaking to.

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