Thursday, April 28, 2011

Shark Eyes: Believe You Can by John Mason

Thomas Edison Was Afraid Of The Dark

Yes! Edison was afraid of the dark --- yet he overcame that obstacle in a big way and invented the light bulb. 

  • Times of general calamity and confusion have ever been productive of the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is the one solicited from the darkest storm. - Charles Caleb Colton

  • The door to opportunity swings on the hinges of adversity. Problems are the price of progress. The obstacles of life are intended to make us better, not bitter. Adversity has advantages. - Alfred D. Souza said,

For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin --- REAL LIFE. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, and a debt to be paid. Then, life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life. 

Obstacles are merely a call to strengthen, not quit. Ann Gimenez says, "Between you and anything significant will be giants in your path." You cannot bring about change without confrontation. The truth is, if you like things easy, you will have difficulties. If you like problems, you will succeed. The biggest successes are the people who solve the biggest problems. If you have a dream without problems, you don't really have a dream. Have the attitude of Louisa May Alcott: "I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship."

  • Circumstances are the rulers of the weak; but they are the instruments of the wise. - Samuel Glover

Excerpts taken from Believe You Can by John Mason

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