Sunday, February 12, 2012

Sunday Goodness: Best Advice I've Ever Read

The best advice I ever read was Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss. Here are some of my favorite excerpts:
You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed.
You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you’ll be best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.

Except when you don’t
Because, sometimes, you won’t
I’m sorry to say so
but, sadly, it’s true
that Bang-ups
and Hang-ups
can happen to you.
You can get all hung up
in a prickle-ly perch.
And your gang will fly on.
You’ll be left in a lurch…

All Alone!Whether you like it or not,
Alone will be something
you’ll be quite a lot.

And when you’re alone, there’s a very good chance
you’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.
There are some, down the road between hither and yon,
that can scare you so much you won’t want to go on…

But on you will go
though your enemies prowl...
Onward up many
a frightening creek,
though your arms may get sore
and your sneakers may leak.

On and on you will hike.
And I know you’ll hike far
and face up to your problems
whatever they are…

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 ¾ percent guaranteed.)

Dr. Suess, Oh the Places You'll Go,,  

Why do I love this? Because Dr. Suess points out in the cleverest of ways that we will all succeed and we will all fail to only succeed again and to fail again – this is the process of life and there is no avoiding it. But ultimately, he guarantees us a 98 ¾ percent success rate.

It’s so easy to listen to the critics in our life – the people that poo-poo our every move and decision – the people who would never give us more than a 10% success rate. I challenge you to do this – take the power away from the critics by stop listening to them, and instead, listen to Dr. Suess.

Have a great week. Thank you to everyone who has been reading The Ancient Realm. I am honored to have so many incredible readers. 

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