Imagine that you’ve built an amazing business that employed a good many people in your community. Now imagine seeing your lifework and the town with your namesake washed away in the blink of an eye by a calamitous flood. What would you do? Give it up? Get angry? Start rebuilding your life?
If you want to learn how one historical figure triumphed in the midst of that very situation, read Sarah Kilborne’s inspiring new book, American Phoenix. She writes about the remarkable life of her great-great-grandfather, William Skinner. Skinner was one of the pioneers in the American silk industry. From humble beginnings he built an empire, only to see his factory and considerable wealth decimated when a damn failed, allowing hundreds of millions of gallons of water to all but erase Skinnerville, Massachusetts from the map.
Now, Skinner could have seen himself as a victim and wailed “WOE is me.” Instead he picked up the pieces and started again, ultimately emerging even more successful than in his pre-flood days. “We all stand equal in the race for success,” Skinner said, and he proved it with his life journey. . . with ACTION!
It’s fair to say that Skinner became Wonderfully Obsessed with Winning (WOW!).
When YOU choose WOW as your primary attitude, you’ll feel new curiosity, new ambitions, new intelligence, and a new sense of being vital and alive. These qualities are always ready to serve you.
Skinner also understood the “Rule of Cause and Effect” – nobody, no outside force caused him his wins or losses; he, and only he determined his destiny. If he were alive today, I bet he’d heartily agree with the following success principle: if it is to be, it is up to me.
Here’s what you can learn from William Skinner’s fantastic comeback:
1. You can create your life as you really want it to be. The first action step is to shove aside the caution that comes with fear. There’s no substitute for decisive action!
2. Be a person of courage and let go of old echoes of past NO’s. This is essential if you are to revitalize your soaring spirit and take control of your destiny.
3. Decide whether you want to be a compulsive whiner or a compulsive winner. You know what the better choice is.
4. You never feel more alive than when you are willing to live dangerously, because you are Wonderfully Obsessed with Winning in life. This planet is not a “waiting room” – you’re not here to sit and wait for life to fulfill your dreams for you. If that is to be – it is up to thee!
What “floods” have you endured, and how did you emerge victorious? Please let us know.
Thank you and blessings
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