Monday, November 2, 2009

Embracing the Struggle

"Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful"

You are watching a friend hitting a point, often described as rock bottom.

Caught in a situation stressful enough to cause them to physically shake with fear, uncertainty and dread.

Before your very eyes, this friend is being sentenced and locked up.

In their own prison of pain.

Being a true friend (one who can look right through and still enjoy the view) you want to be able to reach out, find the right words and somehow set them free.

Last thing you want or intend to do, is to say the wrong thing and make matters worse.

In fact, you would like nothing more than to engineer an escape from this personal hell in a mental cell. But, more often than not, you struggle to find the "right words" to share with your friend at precisely the right time.

If you are caught in that type of situation, there is a chance those "right words" you are searching for may be a click away.

The tenth of twelve children, Zig Ziglar lost his father at the age of six and a younger sister died two days later, leaving his mother to raise the remaining eleven kids alone.

Drawing on the strength provided by those early life lessons, Zig became an icon in the motivational speaking industry, sharing the platform with luminaries such as Presidents Ford, Reagan and Bush, General Norman Schwarzkopf, Secretary of State Colin Powell, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, Paul Harvey and countless others.

He is the author of 29 books, nine of which have achieved best-seller status and his materials have been translated into over thirty-eight languages and dialects. And true to what he speaks about and writes about, Zig is also embracing a struggle many have had with change as he takes his message to the "Twitterverse".

You can follow Tom and his dad at:

"Every setback is an opportunity to get better. It's a detour, not a dead-end"

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