If you want something bad enough you will make it happen if not you will make an excuse.  What excuses are you making for not having the fabulous life of your dreams?  What is holding you back?  Money? Fear? Time? Age? Afraid of Failing? No Talent or Skill? Place Excuse ____  Here?

History is replete with countless people who made their fortune or accomplished greatness by shear determination and persistence.

Oprah was demoted for not being fit for television, Einstein did not speak till he was 4 and his teachers said he would never amount to much, Walt Disney was fired from his news paper for “lacking original ideas” and for having “no imagination”, Michael Jordan went home and cried when he was kicked off the high school basketball team, Louise Hay was in her mid forties before she even got started and she didn’t even launch Hay House on a small scale untill her 50’s, Abraham Lincoln was committed for depression and lost countless elections before becoming President of the United States.

The list of comeback stories, stories of people who had nothing and made it to the top is too exhausting and exhaustive to mention.  If you’ve never failed then you’ve never tried anything new.  You have to persist and persevere to have your dream.

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race”

~ Calvin Coolidge

The indelible human spirit is amazing.  We challenge ourselves to do things often by choice, sometimes for survival but when we achieve the unachievable the experience is unbelievable.  Without the fear of falling we will never experience the thrill of soaring.  Sometimes you have to have a breakdown before you can have a breakthrough.

We have to learn to push past the fear and the victory on the other side is so sweet it is worth every ounce of pain if we will just hang on one more second.  We give in and give up too easily when are so close.

No excuses

I recently watched the movie Unbroken.  What an inspiring example of what the human spirit is capable of when they believe they can endure.  His brother told him “if you can take it you can make it” and those words kept him going.   There were so many times when he could have given up but he remembered those words and he held on.

“Many of life’s failures did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

~ Thomas Edison

“Triumph often is nearest when defeat seems inescapable.”

~ B.C. Forbes

We are capable of incredible things.  Everything that is now a reality was once a dream.  The airplane, the car, the computer, clothing, in door plumbing, everything we have and use and everything we are was once a dream.

“Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall unveil. The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn, the bird waits in the egg, and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities.”

~ James Allen

If your dream is important to you you will find a way, if not, you will find an excuse.  Someone else in worse circumstances than you has made it happen.  Their are people who sacrifice and require more of themselves.

Maybe it will take 10 years or 20 years but when you get there you will have your dream.  The time will pass whether you go for it or not.  So what is it going to be?

Let your dreams be bigger than your fears and your actions louder than your words.  Go for it.  And don’t stop till you get there.

Remember those people at the top of the mountain didn’t fall there!

“There is no place where success comes before work except in the dictionary.”

~ Donald M. Kimball

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Maria Elena

Take a Lesson From the Bamboo Tree: Don’t Give Up Till You Reach the Sky

Take a Lesson From the Bamboo Tree: Don’t Give Up Till You Reach the Sky


“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race”

~ Calvin Coolidge

I was recently reminded of how the Asian Bamboo trees grow.  You plant the seed and water it and water it for 5 years, nothing just watering, weeding and waiting.  Then is a span of about six weeks, it grows two and a half feet a day until it reaches 90 feet or higher.  It has been said, “It grows so fast, you can actually hear it grow.”  For all those years the growth was barely visible, then wow.  What if the gardener gave up after a month, a year, two years etc.?  The Bamboo tree was taking it’s time developing a massive root system that later would support its magnificent growth. It takes time to get rooted.  It is said that as tall as a tree is above the ground is a deep as its root go beneath the ground.

How often we give up just before we are about to achieve success?  Remember the lines from the famous poem quoted in a recent blog post January 6th; There is No Failure Only Feedback (For full poem check out post):

“Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out–
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit–
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.”

Author anonymous

I have this picture I took off Facebook with famous failures, it reminds us of some of the great hero’s and shero’s who beat the odds because they persisted and did not give up, here are a few examples: Michael Jordan after being cut from his high school basketball team went home locked himself in his room and cried; Walt Disney was fired from a newspaper for “lacking imagination” and “having no original ideas”; Oprah Winfrey was fired from her job as a news anchor because “she wasn’t fit for television.”

I cannot stress to you enough the power of perseverance.  I looked up the word in the dictionary and it says, “steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.” ~ dictionary  In another dictionary it says “to pursue through severe.”  Clearly no easy path is called for.  History is replete with people who did not give up even though they did not see results, they persevered.

“Imagine for instance, how easy it would have been for this young man to bow his head and given up.  He failed in business in ’31, he was defeated for legislature in ’32, he was elected to legislature in ’34.  His sweetheart died in ’35, he had a nervous breakdown in ’36, he was defeated for speaker in ’38, he was defeated for elector in ’40, he was defeated for Congress in ’43, he was elected for congress in ’46, defeated for Congress in ‘48, defeated for Senate in ’50, defeated for vice president in ’56 and for Senate in ’58. But fortunately he was elected president in 1860. His name was Abraham Lincoln.” ~ Alan Loy McGinnis from his book, Bringing Out the Best in People

I have this big picture of an ocean wave hitting the shore hung in my living room; it has the word persistence written in large letters and this quote: “Challenges are what make life interesting, overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson.  Think of all the amazing people who did not give up even though they had to overcome challenges, and go for your dream no matter how big.  Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it!  If you don’t give up and you persist you will capture the victor’s cup, rest if you must but don’t you quit!!!!

My challenge: Choose something you really want and make a decision to persevere and stick to your course no matter what obstacles, difficulties of discouragement you face decide you will not be shaken.  Keep a daily journal of your journey and wait for that bamboo tree to take root and grow, watch it reach the sky.  It will be worth the wait, so are you!


Maria Elena Escobar