In the comments section of one of my last postcards, Hazir Awan posed an intriguing question. He wrote, “I am working on my weekend challenge which is to "Ask someone who has achieved a great success in life that what was the turning point in his life when he made a resolute decision after which his life had never been the same."
Because we all face seminal moments, when the choice we make (or don’t), changes our life forever. Here’s one of mine:
I was 15-years-old, in a jail cell for armed robbery. Baxter Richardson, a schoolteacher who was the father of one of my friends came to visit me. He told me, “You don’t belong here. You’re capable of doing great things.”
At that moment in time, I so desperately wanted to believe him – I did. And that changed everything for me.
Not right then, not instantly. But that was a turning point. And that turning point came the instant I made a decision to change. Baxter’s belief in me was strong enough that it gave me permission to believe in myself.
Which is why I do the work I do today. Write the books, started this blog, and still send you these occasional postcards from my sabbatical. I can never truly pay back Baxter Richardson for what he did for me. But I can pay it forward. By believing in you even more than you might believe in yourself. And letting you borrow a little of my belief as you grow your own.
As you heard, I lost my business. Actually that happened twice to me. And I failed at a lot of other things. Had my heart broken. Got shot in a robbery. Faced down addictions. And I’m still here. Doing amazing, thank you very much!
Just like you…
The list of challenges you faced is different than mine. But I know they were just as daunting to you. But like mine did for me – your challenges have strengthened you. Make you wiser. Helped you develop more character. And each one takes you closer to that person of greatness you are capable of becoming.
The bad new is, your challenges are not over. The good news is, your challenges are not over. Each one is an opportunity to become a turning point for you. And every one will make you stronger, wiser, better.
And when the next one knocks you down, don’t stay down. You don’t belong there. You’re capable of great things.
Randy Gage is the author of nine international bestsellers on success, including, Prosperity Mind. He’s currently on sabbatical, writing his next book, but posts occasionally here. If you find these postcards helpful, please share them.