A Regular Dose of Inspiration, Motivation & Information.
Like it or not, other people begin to evaluate “who we are” in the first moment that they meet us. They then go about the business of looking for evidence to support their initial assessment. Our appearance is the first thing that is judged and if we fail that test, it’s pretty much game over. If we do pass that test, the minute that we open our mouths, they’ll instantly make a final decision about who they believe us to be.
Having grown up in a very troubled home environment, I learned very early on how to feel unworthy of love and connection. These feelings of low self-worth lingered well into adulthood until I was finally able to tame that beast! The truth is, that if it hadn’t been for my Uncle Dominick, whose love, and affection, were inexhaustible, I shudder at the thought of who I might have become.
As of this writing, a dear friend of mine is struggling with a very serious case of depression. This guy has been an incredible source of love and support in my life, and has been a beacon of Light during my darkest hours. He’s retired now, and when he is “himself,” he spends most of his waking hours serving others in a meaningful and impactful way. He has helped more people through the troubled waters of life than he even realizes. It is my great privilege and honor to know him.
There are many business owners who aspire to owning another business, or businesses. My observation has been that there are very few people who can own more than one business, and succeed in both or all of them. Enthusiastic and well-intentioned individuals often approach me with an “opportunity” – a way in which I could earn significant income in my spare time (and spare time for small business owners is up there with jumbo shrimp and government intelligence!).
One of my heroes is the late, great Gerald Mann. In one of his sermons, he told the following story:
Many years ago, in a small village in Eastern Europe, an altar boy was assisting a priest at a Catholic Mass. At a critical moment in the service, the little boy dropped the crewet of wine, and the glass shattered all over the floor. The priest cuffed that little boy across the ear and told him, “Leave here and never come back!”