On this weeks edition of ‘ When life goes crooked’! we want to focus on the idea of not letting your current situation be a deterrent of what is to come in your future and that your best investment is always an investment in yourself.
It is too often that we think more about racing to the finish line rather than enjoying the path it may take to get there.
This message comes after looking into the indirect paths many of the worlds most influential counterparts took on the way to their success. One particular individual is the founder of the “ Happiest place on earth” , Mr. Walt Disney. At a young age Disney was fired from his first job due to the opinion that “He lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” When being fired, Disney had two options, he could let this one man's perspective suppress his imagination and dreams or he could go on to keep investing in himself and open one of the world's leading providers of entertainment. He chose the ladder… and that same guy who fired him for lacking imagination, well i'd be surprised if he receives any discounts when attending Disney World.
The point is, in life we can not change the hand we are dealt or the path we are taken on, but we can always invest in ourselves. When you are willing to take a leap of faith and invest in yourself the results will always bring great rewards.
Just as death and taxes in our lives are unavoidable, so is adversity. When faced with great adversity as Disney was, there are three ways you can respond. First, ask yourself where is the personal value within this hardship. Lessons are everywhere yet we often neglect ourselves from finding them. Secondly don't be hesitant to change your story. Have you ever watched the movie The Hangover and wondered who the funny guy who jumps out the trunk naked is? Well that's Ken Jeong, but you can call him Dr. Jeong as he was a practicing physician when he got his break in acting. Lastly, there are over 7.5 billion people in the world, why let ONE persons opinion or perspective of you define you.
Thankfully Walt Disney didn't and continues to enrich every life that walks into his parks or watches one of his productions. Life is about the journey not the destination.
Thanks for reading.. Enjoy