You have Talent!



You have talent. Yes, you do.

Pick an art, sport, trade, or career that you enjoy.

Think of the people who really excel and thrive at it.

They have talent, right?

Then look at yourself.

You may have passion. You may have hope. You may have potential.

But you may not see your own talent in that same light.

Why not?

Because you’re comparing yourself to people who have developed their talents, who were motivated to succeed, who were confident that their hard work would pay off, who continued to work hard even when the chips were down.

But you know what?

Those talented individuals have weaknesses, too.

And in the early days, their talents weren’t as obvious, since they weren’t as developed.

And their weaknesses stood out more.

Not much different than you are now.

Which is exactly what you need to realize.

You have talent.

You need someone to tell you that you have talent.

Well, I’m telling you.

What you really need is to believe it yourself.

Because if one of the Talented looked at you and told you that you had talent, you would suddenly be highly motivated.

You would know that you were on the right path, that if you just worked hard, you would succeed.

But you doubt yourself.

Because none of the Talented even know that you exist.

You’re afraid.

You don’t want to waste several years working hard, when in the end it may never pay off.

That doubt and fear are obstacles to your motivation. They impede your success.

Do you know why the Talented don’t seek you out and tell you that you’re one of them?

Because you haven’t yet developed your talent, and because your weaknesses still stand out.

Don’t see yourself just as you are now.

Don’t see yourself failing.

See yourself evolving into one of the Talented.

Tell yourself that you do have talent. That it is worthwhile. That you’re on the right path.

Be confident that you can become one of the Talented.

Motivate yourself.

Work hard to develop your talents.

Work hard to improve your weaknesses.

And then you will become one of the Talented.

Confidence and motivation go a long way.

But doubt won’t stand aside and let you coast to victory.

Nope. Doubt will be waiting patiently.

For your weakest moments.

Then it will pounce on you. It will team up with fear.

You need to know that this ambush is coming.

Prepare for it. Be strong. Let your confidence and determination shine through it.

Laugh doubt and fear in the face.

You can do it.

You have talent.

Much of your competition has talent, too.

But many will try half-heartedly or not at all because they doubt themselves.

And many will fall from the path because they also must battle fear and doubt.

You must stay confident, motivated, determined. These are your weapons.

It won’t be easy.

You have to work for it. Hard. Very hard.

Preparation. Planning. Practice. Patience. Perseverance.

All the hard work makes the success taste so much sweeter.

Just remember, you have talent. You can do it.

View a positive outcome and work toward it.

Never give up.

Prove the naysayers wrong.

Prove yourself.

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Happy Today! :-)

Happy Today

Why should we wait for holidays, birthdays, and special days to wish everyone a happy day? We shouldn’t.

Every day should be special. We should be happy every day.

So here’s a wish for a Happy Today.

It’s not just good for today. It’s good for every day.

Have a very Happy Today.

Because it will always be today. Even when today becomes tomorrow, you will still think it’s ‘today.’

So have a Happy Today that never ends.

Smile! 🙂

Be a Knight in Shining Armor

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If you meet people who are down, help lift them up.

If meet someone who could use a friend, be one.

If you see someone in need, offer your assistance.

If you simply smile, it will spread goodness throughout the land.


If a friend can use your trust, keep it.

If a friend needs your support, give it.

If a friend reaches out to you, reach back.

If you are a good friend, you will become a legend.


If you use a good product, share it with others.

If you watch a good movie, tell a friend.

If you read a good book, review it and refer it.

If you spread goodness, you will rid the land of evil.


If you give an inch, someone will take a mile.

If you do a good deed, you may feel like it was punished.

If you make any investment, it carries some risk.

If you invest in a better world, you may discover treasure.


If you do not want to wear shining armor, realize that it is optional.

If you do not want to be Prince Charming, be Princess Charming.

If you do not want to be famous, remain anonymous.

If the prophecies did not destine you for greatness, you can still be a hero.

Just a Moment

It’s only one moment. What can it matter?

  • All too often, it’s long enough to disrupt the perfect opportunity for a first kiss.
  • In a race, it can make the difference between a gold medal and last place.
  • It’s just enough time to lose that great idea.
  • One moment can determine whether the game-tying shot lands in the basket just in the nick of time or too late.
  • “Excuse me. Can you please spare a moment,” is long enough for an unexpected sales pitch to cost you a good deal of cash.
  • You might wait for it all of your life, while you pass millions of others by.
  • For light, it may make a difference of a million miles.
  • When you’re bored out of your mind, it becomes incredibly long.
  • But when you’re having the time of your life, it’s gone before you know it.
  • That’s all it takes to lose your temper.
  • On the way to the emergency room, it can make the difference between life and death.
  • In an apocalyptic novel, it will save the entire planet and all of civilization.
  • A moment could be that critical stage between too soon and too late.
  • It’s short enough to forget, yet long enough to savor.

A moment. So short. Yet sometimes so long.

Some of those moments are the most precious of our lives.

The Power of an Inch

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What could you do with one inch?

  • Live another forty years because the bullet just missed your heart.
  • Turn a very long foul ball into a homerun.
  • Squeeze into an old pair of jeans.
  • Score a hole-in-one instead of lipping out.
  • Get your tongue to touch your nose.
  • Make the difference between a tennis ace and a double fault.
  • Scratch an itch on your back that’s just beyond reach.
  • Be just tall enough to block the basketball so it doesn’t fall in for a three-pointer.
  • Store terabytes of information by manipulating trillions of electrons.
  • End the inning with a strikeout instead of giving up a bases-loaded walk.
  • Deliver the mail and shut the gate just before a dog snaps its jaws around your ankle.
  • Edge out a competing horse in a photo finish.
  • Go on the roller coaster with the big kids, instead of crying and watching from the outside.
  • Have your golf ball stay in bounds instead of needing to walk back to the teebox.
  • Entice someone to ask for a whole mile.

An inch. So tiny. Yet sometimes so big.

You can’t walk a mile without first walking an inch.

Strive to Be Positive :-)

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Help make the world a more positive place than you found it.

  • Negative interactions affect mood and demeanor like a virus.
  • Positive interactions are the cure for the common complaint.

Feel better inside and have a positive influence on others, too.

  • An outward smile tends to lift the spirits of those around you.
  • An inward smile improves your own mood and reduces stress.

Train yourself to react positively rather than negatively.

  • One negative action can create a multitude of negative reactions.
  • A positive mood can become a habit if properly cultivated.

Much better than earning straight A’s, strive to B+!

Chris McMullen, coauthor of the Negative/Positive Antonym Word Scrambles Book: A fun way to practice turning negative thoughts into positive ones