Earlier this year I took a chance.
Most you you have heard of THE GREATEST motivational speaker of our time, Mr. Les Brown. He was calling for co-authors to help him write his next book. Their application required answering several questions and writing an essay. I wrote on the subject of something I am very knowledgeable about: Determination Through Hardship. Quite frankly, the opportunity came at a time when I was lacking confidence, a bit discouraged and contemplative about life and none of the contemplation involved rainbows, unicorns, glitter or Care Bears®.
My first response was to just blow it off. But a tiny, persistent voice said, “Just give it shot. Because even if you never hear back, you’ve at least tried.“
Well, within a few days, I heard back from the Les Brown organization and learned there had been over 400 applications in the first three days of it’s release. “Wow. Dang. Juuuuuust great…” I thought to myself.
Two days later, I received this email… (edited for space)
My point is this. You may be going through a season of discouragement or disappointment, or you may be flying high and at your best. But no matter what state you are in, don’t quit and apply excellence and integrity to all of your efforts. You don’t have to be fearless but you will have to be courageous. Take a step of faith and do what you haven’t done. Do what you think you can’t do.
Even in the face of adversity, if you persist, the scales will eventually tip in your favor. Hang on. Keep the Faith and stay in touch.
Meet me at the top!
♛ Melanie Grace
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