In our society, there is a
constant, never-ending struggle for normalcy. We seek to fit in at all costs. The
advertisers tell us what we should look like, feel like, and smell like, and there is not
enough of a premium placed on becoming outstanding.
When we study the lives of overachievers, we find that many of them were faced with a
disadvantage or a disability of some type that made it harder for them to be considered
normal. In most cases, these overachievers were simply working harder than the rest of the
world to be considered normal. But, a funny thing happened to these overachievers on their
way to normality. It is called greatness.
It is important for us to understand that greatness comes not from being ten times
better than anyone else, or even twice as good. It comes when we are willing to invest
just a little more of ourselves toward the task at hand.
If you were to study the biographies of the great overachievers in history, you would
find that each of them had a turning point in their life where they veered off from what
we call "average" and became great. In most cases, this turning point comes in
the form of a disappointment, a disadvantage, or a disability.
The next time you are faced with a difficult challenge in your life, try viewing it as
one of these turning points that can put you on the path toward the greatness for which
you have been destined.
In the Chinese language, symbols are used to express thoughts and ideas, and not just
individual words. The symbol for crisis has long been identified with the ancient
Chinese mariners who viewed crisis as "opportunity on a dangerous wind."
The same stormy seas that threaten to founder our ship can often propel us toward a
Promised Land that we never before imagined.
Todays the day!
Jim Stovall is the president of Narrative Television Network, as well as a published
author, columnist, and motivational speaker. He may be reached at 5840 South Memorial
Drive, Suite 312, Tulsa, OK 74145-9082, or by e-mail at JimStovall@aol.com.