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Your Moment

Posted By: Randy GageMarch 31, 2014

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."

Great question...

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.

I know.

-RG

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.

34 comments on “Your Moment”

  1. Randy.. to say this is inspiring would be a vast understatement..After running away from home to a strange world 3000 miles away to getting busted, spending time in jail, wandering around for years with no direction, and much more, the character and life experience I've gained has brought me to where I am now.. And that's on the verge of producing an entirely new way to tell stories in film or on TV. And yes, there will definitely be nay sayers and challenges ahead though I prefer to view them as opportunities! Bada Bing Bada BOOM!

  2. The power of adversity! When you truly understand this, nothing can keep you down. And, you can rebound from failure with great speed and momentum. Great stuff, Randy. Hope you are well.

  3. If you're going through hell, keep going. - Winston Churchill 

    I suspect far too many stop, complain and hang out with their tribe instead.  You keep choosing to keep on going OR notice there is a place to experience the 'rest of it' and laugh at the joke.

  4. So true.  Keep the forward drive at full speed and use a lower gear, with more torque, when stuck in the mud.

  5. "Turning points" is a great phrase to keep in mind to help keep oneself "proactive" and stay "psyched in". Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou..

  6. Reading your articles is like following an Ice Breaker ship out in the deep ocean of the Antarctic.  Love reading your blog every time!  Thumbs up Captain!

  7. Shannon from Peru, Indiana.
    Randy you would remember me as the person, in Kokomo, Indiana at an Agel meeting, who put snow down the back of your neck not even knowing or realizing that you suffer from an illness that affects your body. I am sorry if I caused you unbearable pain. Your seminar on Agel was flawless. We again seen each other in Indianapolis and again in San Diego. I was the one in the bright red suit that stood out like a sore thumb and was not tailored to fit. Maybe you remember me and maybe you don't. Regardless.. please do not stop sending us your Randy's Rants and postcards some of us (me) use them as the inspiration we need to get through the drudgery of everyday life. I currently am going through a divorce from a man who had belittled me for the seven years of our marriage. I am a survivor, I believe in God, unfortunately the man I was married to lied to me about his beliefs. I believe in the power of words and thoughts. They form our futures. That the power of life and death is held within our own tongue. Therefore, I say to you, thank you for every uplifting word and thank you for your work. I love the book that you wrote "Why you are dumb, sick and broke...." more than that thank you for Ayn Rand. You introduced me to the woman that believes as I do, although I use to think I was the only one. I have been accused of thinking beyond my years. I too, choose a life where your work is yours and you give value for value. I believe that every thought and everything you hear or read impacts your subconscious. Thereby, it impacts and changes your life. Please continue to inspire us, please continue the postcards. I have a long way to go. I believe that I have something to contribute to our world that could change the rate of teenage pregnancies. I believe this because I gave birth to my first child on my 15th birthday. It changed my life forever. My story needs to be heard; however, I do not know where to start in getting these young girls to hear it. I think that, in that, I have a story. Do you have time to hear? via email? Or via your access to me as my Agel upline? Cell number is the same, email has changed. Sign me as "Woman on the edge of page 347 paragraph 3." I quote it here "a desire presupposes the possibility of action to acheive it; action presupposes a goal which is worthy of acheiving."

  8. In response to Hazir Awan' s question of "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.” I say, first I am a she, not a he, and second it was when I found out that my husband did not believe as I do. When I tried to enlighten a man suffering from Multiple Sclerosis that the ailment could be healed by his thoughts and beliefs and he laughed in my face, I chose to question all his beliefs at that point. He told me that he did not believe in God and that I was weak for doing so...I tried to help him; however, only God or Divine Entity, the One, Universal being, Supreme Being, can reach the soul of this man. I tried as his wife to teach, pray, and/or heal his heart in this matter. It is beyond my capabilities; Therefore, the profound effect that changed my world into a success was the fact that I had the strength to move forward alone.

  9. I believe such moments pass through us time at a time and it's just a questions are we ready enough to see and recognize them or do they need to be so painful that we really pay attention to them (but even in such situation not all the people take those moments as a breaking points).

  10. My dear great mentor.Jestem after reading "Why are you stupid sick and the poor," I love you for this book and I love you :))))))))))) I'm Polish, waiting for your arrival eagerly Randy. 🙂 )

  11. Everyone
    needs at least one friendwho believe in him and encourage him to believe in himself.
    When someone believe in himself, other people believe him. That is the first thing which can bring
    us to the point when we make the decision to change our life.

  12. You don't strike me as a teenage gangbanger! How'd you end up there at 15? Lack of family? Lack of education?

  13. That's a long story...  Short answer: drugs and alcohol cause you to make poor choices.   If you ever see my keynote speech, you'll get the long story.  -RG

  14. Excellent. That was indeed a great question. I believe I'm at a pivotal point in my life. I've had several to be fair but this one is the one that will change the whole paradigm. Have a GREAT day and keep on keeping on!

  15. Thank you Randy for your post! Thank you for trusting and borrowing Baxter Richardson's belief!!!! Sending you thoughts for a fabulous evening!

  16. RG-
    One of the oldest dictum in Upanishads ( Indian ancient texts) is -- Tat Tvam Asi-- roughly translates to-- 'You are that supreme reality'. Now, there will be many interpretations but the one that even the text agrees with is this- we must realize that we all have the same potential to be great. Most of us short-sell ourselves. We don;t belong to jobs/situations we find ourselves in. Just knowing that we don;t belong there is 'the moment'. Worked for me.
    By the way a great new book by a  monk on exactly this topic is Junglezen Sheru. Have a look.
    Hersh

  17. Thanks Randy, when I first saw "safe is the new risky", I immediately decided to follow you and between prosperityTV, blogs and more, you have helped me and others like you have no idea. So again, Thaks!

  18. Thanks for touching my heart with your words and backing them up with personal experience.  I realize now that paying it forward is the best gift you can give to repay someone who has changed your life for the better forever.

  19. Randy Randy he's our guy,
    I can't believe he's.........55?,
    Still good lookin' tho he's got no hair,
    Randy's got admirer's everywhere!
    He's a libertarian and super smart,
    This socialist loves him with all her heart,
    Been kicked off his blog two or three times,
    But not because I ain't got good rhymes........Yay Randy, Happy a few days late birthday. 🙂

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  21. Hi RG,
    The humilation of being sick and broke changed things for me. I was never the same after going bankrupt, after being in debt big time. The change was gradual after that but I decided to change, and that was the key turning point. Great insight my man!

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  • 34 comments on “Your Moment”

    1. Randy.. to say this is inspiring would be a vast understatement..After running away from home to a strange world 3000 miles away to getting busted, spending time in jail, wandering around for years with no direction, and much more, the character and life experience I've gained has brought me to where I am now.. And that's on the verge of producing an entirely new way to tell stories in film or on TV. And yes, there will definitely be nay sayers and challenges ahead though I prefer to view them as opportunities! Bada Bing Bada BOOM!

    2. The power of adversity! When you truly understand this, nothing can keep you down. And, you can rebound from failure with great speed and momentum. Great stuff, Randy. Hope you are well.

    3. If you're going through hell, keep going. - Winston Churchill 

      I suspect far too many stop, complain and hang out with their tribe instead.  You keep choosing to keep on going OR notice there is a place to experience the 'rest of it' and laugh at the joke.

    4. So true.  Keep the forward drive at full speed and use a lower gear, with more torque, when stuck in the mud.

    5. "Turning points" is a great phrase to keep in mind to help keep oneself "proactive" and stay "psyched in". Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou..

    6. Reading your articles is like following an Ice Breaker ship out in the deep ocean of the Antarctic.  Love reading your blog every time!  Thumbs up Captain!

    7. Shannon from Peru, Indiana.
      Randy you would remember me as the person, in Kokomo, Indiana at an Agel meeting, who put snow down the back of your neck not even knowing or realizing that you suffer from an illness that affects your body. I am sorry if I caused you unbearable pain. Your seminar on Agel was flawless. We again seen each other in Indianapolis and again in San Diego. I was the one in the bright red suit that stood out like a sore thumb and was not tailored to fit. Maybe you remember me and maybe you don't. Regardless.. please do not stop sending us your Randy's Rants and postcards some of us (me) use them as the inspiration we need to get through the drudgery of everyday life. I currently am going through a divorce from a man who had belittled me for the seven years of our marriage. I am a survivor, I believe in God, unfortunately the man I was married to lied to me about his beliefs. I believe in the power of words and thoughts. They form our futures. That the power of life and death is held within our own tongue. Therefore, I say to you, thank you for every uplifting word and thank you for your work. I love the book that you wrote "Why you are dumb, sick and broke...." more than that thank you for Ayn Rand. You introduced me to the woman that believes as I do, although I use to think I was the only one. I have been accused of thinking beyond my years. I too, choose a life where your work is yours and you give value for value. I believe that every thought and everything you hear or read impacts your subconscious. Thereby, it impacts and changes your life. Please continue to inspire us, please continue the postcards. I have a long way to go. I believe that I have something to contribute to our world that could change the rate of teenage pregnancies. I believe this because I gave birth to my first child on my 15th birthday. It changed my life forever. My story needs to be heard; however, I do not know where to start in getting these young girls to hear it. I think that, in that, I have a story. Do you have time to hear? via email? Or via your access to me as my Agel upline? Cell number is the same, email has changed. Sign me as "Woman on the edge of page 347 paragraph 3." I quote it here "a desire presupposes the possibility of action to acheive it; action presupposes a goal which is worthy of acheiving."

    8. In response to Hazir Awan' s question of "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.” I say, first I am a she, not a he, and second it was when I found out that my husband did not believe as I do. When I tried to enlighten a man suffering from Multiple Sclerosis that the ailment could be healed by his thoughts and beliefs and he laughed in my face, I chose to question all his beliefs at that point. He told me that he did not believe in God and that I was weak for doing so...I tried to help him; however, only God or Divine Entity, the One, Universal being, Supreme Being, can reach the soul of this man. I tried as his wife to teach, pray, and/or heal his heart in this matter. It is beyond my capabilities; Therefore, the profound effect that changed my world into a success was the fact that I had the strength to move forward alone.

    9. I believe such moments pass through us time at a time and it's just a questions are we ready enough to see and recognize them or do they need to be so painful that we really pay attention to them (but even in such situation not all the people take those moments as a breaking points).

    10. My dear great mentor.Jestem after reading "Why are you stupid sick and the poor," I love you for this book and I love you :))))))))))) I'm Polish, waiting for your arrival eagerly Randy. 🙂 )

    11. Everyone
      needs at least one friendwho believe in him and encourage him to believe in himself.
      When someone believe in himself, other people believe him. That is the first thing which can bring
      us to the point when we make the decision to change our life.

    12. You don't strike me as a teenage gangbanger! How'd you end up there at 15? Lack of family? Lack of education?

    13. That's a long story...  Short answer: drugs and alcohol cause you to make poor choices.   If you ever see my keynote speech, you'll get the long story.  -RG

    14. Excellent. That was indeed a great question. I believe I'm at a pivotal point in my life. I've had several to be fair but this one is the one that will change the whole paradigm. Have a GREAT day and keep on keeping on!

    15. Thank you Randy for your post! Thank you for trusting and borrowing Baxter Richardson's belief!!!! Sending you thoughts for a fabulous evening!

    16. RG-
      One of the oldest dictum in Upanishads ( Indian ancient texts) is -- Tat Tvam Asi-- roughly translates to-- 'You are that supreme reality'. Now, there will be many interpretations but the one that even the text agrees with is this- we must realize that we all have the same potential to be great. Most of us short-sell ourselves. We don;t belong to jobs/situations we find ourselves in. Just knowing that we don;t belong there is 'the moment'. Worked for me.
      By the way a great new book by a  monk on exactly this topic is Junglezen Sheru. Have a look.
      Hersh

    17. Thanks Randy, when I first saw "safe is the new risky", I immediately decided to follow you and between prosperityTV, blogs and more, you have helped me and others like you have no idea. So again, Thaks!

    18. Thanks for touching my heart with your words and backing them up with personal experience.  I realize now that paying it forward is the best gift you can give to repay someone who has changed your life for the better forever.

    19. Randy Randy he's our guy,
      I can't believe he's.........55?,
      Still good lookin' tho he's got no hair,
      Randy's got admirer's everywhere!
      He's a libertarian and super smart,
      This socialist loves him with all her heart,
      Been kicked off his blog two or three times,
      But not because I ain't got good rhymes........Yay Randy, Happy a few days late birthday. 🙂

    20. How to make money online fast. 
      That's just what you are going to do "GET PAID TO DO NOTHING" 
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      64 members (your 3rd tier downlines) pay $160 each for Membership Level 7 , You earn $10240!
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      -
      Click here to join the system 
      -
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    21. Hi RG,
      The humilation of being sick and broke changed things for me. I was never the same after going bankrupt, after being in debt big time. The change was gradual after that but I decided to change, and that was the key turning point. Great insight my man!

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