Courage is victory

Namaskar!

Courage is victory and timidity is defeat!  It is not the size of the dog in the fight, but it is the size of the fight in the dog that counts. If you are not afraid, you can do anything.  You have to have the courage to stand up to defeat, spot your opportunity and turn defeat into victory.  One man with courage makes a majority.

There are no hopeless situations; there are only people who have grown helpless about them. If you persevere, keep the pressure and hang on long enough, you can wear down any opposition and overcome any obstacle. It is more often the fear of failure than the failure itself that cripples one’s creativity and inhibits the initiative. To conquer fear is then the beginning of wisdom and the first step to success.

Success begins in a fellow’s will;
It’s all in the state of mind.
– Walter D. Wintle

The reasons for failure may seem staggering if viewed collectively, but looked at individually, they will no longer be that formidable.  You can either be discouraged and defeated by failure, or you can learn from it and use it as the stepping stone to success.  It is a fallacy as well as a folly to think that failure is the enemy of success.

On the other hand, it is a great teacher – a harsh one, no doubt, but the best.  Don’t be afraid of making mistakes or meeting failures.  often success surfaces on the far side of failure.  If you can manage to learn from failure and benefit from your mistakes, you will decidedly go where you started out to go.  The formula for success may well be to double the rate of your failure.

Failure is not fatal; it can verily be the stepping stone to success if you can put failure to work for you.  The ability to fail, but profit from it, contributes to lasting success.  Making a mistake is not a crime but repeating one is.  Everybody fails at some point in time.  Extract the lesson to be learnt from the failure and try again with redoubled vigor.  There is no failure saved in giving up; no real fall, so long as one still tries.  Continuous effort of itself implies the power to rise.  Seeming setbacks make the strong still wiser and spur them on to greater efforts.

Nothing that comes too easily is worth having.  When you want success, you must be ready to pay the prices which includes braving failures and setbacks and persisting with your efforts till the goal is won.  Achieving success demands total effort.  One has to resist temptations and defy distractions.  If you want to get there badly enough, nothing can stop you.

Our greatest glory is not in never falling; but in rising every time we fall.  Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out.  Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortunes but great minds rise above it.  Meet every adverse circumstance as its master and don’t let it master you.  Many men owe the grandeur of their lives to their tremendous difficulties.  Adversity is the prosperity of the great.  Kites rise, not with, but against the wind.

To dare is great but to bear is greater.  Bravery we share with brutes, fortitude with saints.  If you have never failed, it is an easy guess that you have never known a high success.  The hardest man in the world to beat is the man who laughs in the face of defeat.

Until next time…

Tanmay Chauhan

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Story of Elvis, the American hero

Here’s a story I found on one of my elderly client’s blog post. Though it isn’t his story but still I found the story on his blog and thought to move it forward since it carries some good lessons that perhaps some, or many of us need to either learn or remember.

Elvis the American

By Daniel J. Flynn

He died 35 years ago on August 16, 1977.

“The army can do anything it wants with me,” remarked Elvis Presley upon leaving for basic training in 1958. “Millions of other guys have been drafted, and I don’t want to be different from anyone else.” But Elvis was not like anyone else.

He wore sideburns and greasy long hair in the crew-cutted fifties. He played black music in the segregated South. He appeared in foppish fashions — ascots, satin pants, pink shirts — in t-shirt-and-jeans Memphis. As a teenage steady remembered, “I knew the first time I met him that he was not like other people.”

This did not sit well with other people. Classmates cut the strings to his guitar. Other kids pitched rotten fruit at him. The coach kicked him off the high school football team, and a boss threatened to fire him, for refusing to get a haircut. “I felt really sorry for him,” noted a classmate, who had defended Elvis from bullies. “He seemed very lonely and had no real friends. He just didn’t seem to be able to fit in.”

Elvis never fit in. He stood out. Greatness isn’t about meshing with the crowd. Greatness requires the courage to stand apart. In an era derided as conformist, Elvis was an individual. He dared to be different.

One gleans just how much of a pariah the guitar-strumming teenager was from reading Peter Guralnick’s Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley. If the 20th century’s most popular singer appeared as a show-business cliché at his death 35 years ago today, he projected so eccentric an image in his pre-fame Memphis days that the idea of him conquering the entertainment world would seem as bizarre to Memphians as Elvis appeared to them. If Elvis doesn’t strike us today as outlandish, it is because we live in the world that Elvis made.

The individual who initially threatens the crowd eventually pleases the crowd. Mockers became imitators. “What he did,” Grand Ole Opry member Jimmy “C” Newman told Guralnick, “was he changed it all around. After that we had to go to Texas to work, there wasn’t any work anywhere else, because all they wanted was someone to imitate Elvis, to jump up and down on the stage and make a fool of themselves.” Thirty-five years after his death, the high school outcast remains the world’s most impersonated person.

“I don’t sound like nobody,” the inner-directed Elvis, to borrow David Riesman’s famous fifties phrase, told Sun Records. His unique style extended from his dress to his art. The postwar star defied categorization. Critics labeled his music bebop, hillbilly, folk, country, and r&b, until finally settling on rock ‘n’ roll. Like his classmates, they sneered like snobs. The New York Times judged, “Mr. Presley has no discernable singing ability.”

America disagreed. By late 1956, the phenom sold two-thirds of RCA’s 45s. Between “Heartbreak Hotel” hitting #1 in April of 1956 and the induction of recruit #53310761 in March of 1958, the King reigned atop the singles sales charts for more than a year. Only a force as powerful as the U.S. Army could stop him.

Rather than overthrowing the American social order, Elvis was a product of it. Before his singing career, he mowed lawns, served as a theater usher, worked as a machinist, and drove a truck. He repeatedly affirmed his love of God and belief in the Bible. In these early years, he steered clear of drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes — but not food or practical jokes. And even though girls literally ripped the clothes off his body, he generally stopped short of doing the same with his many dating partners. Above all, he loved his parents, lavishing a pink Cadillac and a mansion upon his mother before her death. The journey from the Lauderdale Courts housing project to Graceland was the American Dream on steroids.

Elvis enthralls 35 years after his death in part because of his contradictions. A mama’s boy/rebel, the loner amidst the entourage, and the painfully shy performer who confidently commanded audiences remains an enigma. Thirty-five years from now, the world will still be talking about, imitating, and singing along with the King.

Americans loved Elvis because he was unique. Americans loved Elvis because he was America.

About the Author of this story:

Daniel J. Flynn is the author of Blue Collar Intellectuals: When the Enlightened and the Everyman Elevated America. He blogs at http://www.flynnfiles.com.

This story was published on Mr. Stan Hustad’s blog – http://www.stanhustad.com. Mr. Stan Hustad is a motivational speaker and ethical marketing coach. He has been a successful radio show host and has so many times been a reference in my discussions. Visit Stan Hustad’s blog

Interesting read! Yeah, but I am not leaving the rope and do some brain churning until I get to a result that ‘I’ deem to be correct.

To Be Aware

2 people are pulling a rope from both ends, Let’s call them Eric and George. In the middle of the rope there is a tension. Totally terrified that the rope might rupture, you run to them and ask how did they find themselves in this situation.
Both of them are saying: “He is responible for the tension in the rope – if HE wouldn’t stop pulling, the rope will forever stay tensed.”
“But, you also feel the tension in your hands, that’s because you are also pulling!” you say.
“Yes,” they are both saying, “but HE is responsible, He started, HE is the problem”.

Seeing it all from above, you KNOW that it is enough that one of them will stop pulling to stop the tension. Truth is, that the first one to do it will be the one to stay on his feet, while the other will probably fall…

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