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by Kenneth Holland

June 28, 2020

Something I tend to hear a lot these days is ‘haters’ hating on wealthy or successful people…

“Oh, he’s a trust fund kid.”

“He got lucky to get all those millions.”

Usually comments of this nature come from people who suffer from ‘class envy’.  And what most never see is great struggle, sacrifice and resolve that they endure.

Consider what Abraham Lincoln, widely regarded as one of the greatest presidents in United States history, faced in his life:

1831 – Lost his job
1832 – Defeated in run for Illinois State Legislature
1833 – Failed in business
1834 – Elected to Illinois State Legislature (success)
1835 – Sweetheart died
1836 – Had nervous breakdown
1838 – Defeated in run for Illinois House Speaker
1843 – Defeated in run for nomination for U.S. Congress
1846 – Elected to Congress (success)
1848 – Lost re-nomination
1849 – Rejected for land officer position
1854 – Defeated in run for U.S. Senate
1856 – Defeated in run for nomination for Vice President
1858 – Again defeated in run for U.S. Senate
1860 – Elected President (success)

Let’s be honest here: Most people would not recover from the defeats that Abe endured. But Lincoln proved he was not ‘most people’. If it weren’t for his tenacity, America would be a far different place.

Take golfing great Tiger Woods (from a story on Golfchannel.com):

'After getting off to a reasonable start for the second straight day at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods encountered a quandary.

His tee shot on the par-3 eighth hole ended up in a waste area, the type of coarse, shelly sand that masquerades as a cart path at Albany Golf Club. His stance was impeded by a scrub bush, and he had a long carry to the hole with the green quickly running in the opposite direction.

What followed was a display of deft touch, a carefully crafted splash that landed off the green but nestled close to the hole. Two members of the gallery were still scooping up sand from where he hit the shot and placing it into plastic bags to commemorate the occasion when Woods rolled in his par putt.

He emphatically snagged the ball out of the hole, then turned to caddie Joe LaCava and said simply, “I’m not dropping a shot.”'

All his successes has no doubt made Tiger Woods great, but none of that was possible without his relentless resolve to escape failure. There has been no one like him in that regard in his sport.

The path to success is rarely (actually never) paved with smooth sailing and having things go ‘your way’.

I see it far too often in home business…someone gets started, they encounter difficulties…and then quit.  For some reason, some think that they’re going to find an opportunity or some ‘thing’ that is free from problems.  They are unfortunately delusional.

Victory does not define your character and resilience, but rather how you respond in face of adversity. It’s only when you tackle your challenges and demons that you set yourself up for success.

Success is borne out of challenge, struggle and failure.  Not entitlement.

You get to choose which one...