“There are no great men, only great challenges that ordinary men are forced by circumstances to meet.” William F. Halsey

This one really works for me today. Halsey had it right in my opinion. I’ve consistently found it amazing what you can get done when you simply have to get it done…no option. We can of course easily be lulled into the idea that we’re better than others. Vanity is a common enough issue that must be dealth with. It’s also easy enough to believe that others are simply better than you…so, it’s much easier to slough off responsibility and not own up to the fact that you have a LOT of value to offer others and a LOT of work ahead of you.

I’ve had the privilege of being able to meet and know a lot of successful people, in business, sales and otherwise, and I can tell you that these people have the exact same dysfunctions and personal issues as the rest of us. We all have deficiencies. We all have significant fears. We all have competencies and incompetencies.

The greatest among us are not those who have the most money or skill or other attributes…the greatest among us are simply those who have owned up to the challenges facing them and faced them head on, with vigor and steadfast faith in their ability to win. Not because they deserve it or because they’re better than others, but because they have to…being great is simply the only way to live.


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