The Odds Are Not Against You

The odds are not against you! However, What do you think? It was Bo Bennett who said, “Think of success as a game of chance in which you have control over the odds. As you begin to master concepts in personal achievement, you are increasing your odds of achieving success.”

We weren’t promised that it was going to be easy. However, what you want to do is take the word “Can’t” from your vocabulary. You have to know that you can, because you can. If you think you can’t, you have to change the way you think about life now, immediately. Your beliefs play a keen role in beating the odds. Well, that is if you think the odds are against you. If you cannot think that it is possible, who else will.

People who beat the odds:

Ray Charles was blind.

Beethoven was deaf.

President Barack Obama is African American.

Jackie Robinson was the first African American to play in Major League Baseball (MLB).

Nelson Mandela, after being incarcerated for 27 years, became president of South Africa.

Portia Simpson is the first female Prime Minister of Jamaica.

Oprah Winfrey.

Most of the time, what happens is that we compare ourselves to others who don’t become successful and think that we ourselves are not qualified. You don’t have to come from a specific background, your gender doesn’t matter, and your ethnicity should not be a barrier. We have seen the faces of people all over the world who become successful and they all have their regimen of daily habits. Before you think that the ODDS are against you, ask yourself what  are your daily habits like? People who refuse to believe that the odds are against them make strategic plans for their lives. They know to become successful takes some work…hard work and they apply themselves. Are you willing to apply yourself? It was Ralph Waldo Emerson who said, “That which we persist in doing becomes easy to do; not that the nature of the thing has changed, but that our power to do has increased.”

We can beat the ODDS if we are willing to persist in doing the things we want to accomplish even when we hear “NO,” and we should continue when several attempts don’t work. I love these lines from the Gatorade commercial, “It’s not where you’re from; it’s where you’re going. It’s not what you drive; it’s what drives you. It’s not what’s on you; it’s what’s in you. It’s not what you think; it’s what you know.” The truth about beating the odds is developing the willingness to make sacrifices, the drive to go when others stop, and to learn from those who are successful, that is, to stand on the shoulders of giants. 

“Don’t ever allow yourself to feel trapped by your choices. Take a look at yourself. You are a unique person created for a specific purpose. Your gifts matter. Your story matters. Your dreams matter. You matter.” Michael Oher

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2 responses to “The Odds Are Not Against You

  1. I’ve been thinking a lot recently about choice and what to do if you make a bad one. In business often people think that being wrong is a sin. As a trainer, I believe that being wrong is just a place to learn from. It’s the same for people in minorities who have been discriminated against or people who have made wrong choices. It’s not where you are, it’s what you do, your focus and ambition and your need to succeed that will decide where you end up. Great post!

    • Thanks for your commenting on my post. Each challenge we encounter is a learning process…well, that’s how I looked at it. I like how you put it, “It’s not where you are, it’s what you do, your focus and ambition and your need to succeed that will decide where you end up”.
      Thanks Alesandra!

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