Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Overcoming The First Weakness Is The Hardest

"No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit."
- Helen Keller (1880-1968)

Blind and deaf from the age of 19 months, Helen Keller went on to become a feral (wild) child that no one could manage. She was, in a sense, the ultimate pessimist because she believed she had to reason to live, as life meant torture. She raged against the caged torture of her nothingness.

After Annie Sullivan taught her to speak, read and write, she graduated from college and became a lecturer who had the ability to inspire anyone who heard her. Her legend is as strong almost half a century after her death as it was when she died.

Helen Keller went, literally, where no one had gone before. She may not have discovered the secret of the stars or sailed to an uncharted land, but she certainly did open a new doorway for the human spirit.

After she could speak and read, she was respected and supported as an underdog, not put down for being a loser. That's the point where many of us should pick up her story.

She accepted help, which many people refuse to do because they fear being labelled as helpless or a loser. She overcame her worst disabilities and turned them into strengths.

We can each do that. We all have disadvantages and weaknesses. Overcoming them is a big challenge. Once we do that, we will find others supporting us because they want to see us succeed in life.

The first step is to accept help. Help is easier to find if we are prepared to accept it when we find it. In most cases, finding help is a matter of asking questions about where to get help.

Winners are not those without weaknesses or disadvantages. They are those who have identified their weaknesses and disadvantages and worked hard to overcome them. Losers are those who have not done one or the other.

Identify your weaknesses and disadvantages. The job of overcoming them is partly done when we identify them and admit we have them.

There are no solutions to the problems of life until we accept what our problems are. Solutions do not go around hunting for problems to solve.

Bill Allin
Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems, the product of a feral child who accepted his weaknesses and disabilities and overcame them.
Learn more at http://billallin.com

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