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Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe. Gail Devers

Yesterday, I went to Value Village and looked through the books – if you buy four you get the fifth one free, and I had six books. As I looked through the books wondering which one to put back, I looked at the smallest book costing $1.79, so I thought, I’ll just take it too.

As I was cashing out the attendant took an interest in the books I was buying, but when he came to the smallest book, “The Ten Secrets of Abundant Wealth,” by Adam Jackson he said, “I wouldn’t read that.”

It seemed like an odd reaction to the little book, that might have something in it that would help a young man build a life. When I got home I took a good look at the book, wondering if he found something offensive in it as he perused the chapters. The chapters: The Power of Subconscious Belief, The Power of a Burning Desire, The Power of Definite Purpose, The Power of an Organized Plan of Action, The Power of Specialized Knowledge, The Power of Persistence, The Power of Controlled Expenditure, The Power of Integrity, The Power of Faith, and The Power of Charity.

It is written as a parable, a young man is walking in the early morning bemoaning his fate of never having enough when he meets an old man who starts talking to him and tells him, “If you don’t believe something is possible it is unlikely it will ever come true.”

They walk a bit and the old man continues, “In my country we believe that every problem brings with it a gift, every adversity contains within it the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit.”

“Hmmmf!” says the young man.

“It applies to everything… even money problems,” said the old man. “Money problems open the path to abundant wealth – riches beyond your dreams.”

There is a lot of work between an idea and bringing that idea to fruition, but doesn’t it all start with an idea? How many people have started a business because of disappointment where they work, or disappointment because they couldn’t do something for their family and they decided I’m not living like this anymore, something has to change?

Be miserable, or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice. Wayne Dyer

The old man also tells him that he lives in abundance that people in the past weren’t privileged to live, and many people in the world don’t get to live like this now.

It takes a lot of hard work, determination, and perseverance, to get ahead in life, but it is the adventure before us and is what will give our life meaning and purpose and pride in what we accomplish.

I was talking yesterday to a lady who lost everything in late midlife, but she has a great attitude and is pouring her passion into writing. She has written her memoir about marrying a professor when she was sixteen and living on four continents before ending up in Canada, “The Other I” by Zohra Zoberi.

The choices we make determine our life, and when we think we can’t do something our life goes in a different direction than when we say, “I think I can, I think I can.” The more we do the more we find we are capable of.

How many of us have thought of something we wanted to do and only when we see someone else has done it do we realize we could have done it too. If it wasn’t beyond them, why do we think it is beyond us?

Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that disempowers them or one that can literally save their lives. Tony Robbins

In faith, there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t. Blaise Pascal

There is no man living that cannot do more than he thinks he can. Henry Ford

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