Let's Face this! We all complain even when we're pretty much blessed with everything we need.
I've received this email from Adam Khoo, a great person who taught me about Value Investing, yesterday afternoon and I wish to share the content with you guys here. The email hits me hard as a person who've already got everything and yet I still complain sometimes.
Overcoming Any Odds!
We have heard so many stories of people who were born with all
kinds of handicaps and despite all the odds stacked against them,
they managed to create a life most others can only dream about.
Yet, many, despite being born with all the money, advantages,
resources and opportunities choose to make nothing of themselves.
In fact, many of them end up destroying their lives.
Here are some examples.
Oprah Winfrey - Street urchin to talk show host extraordinary
What would you say of a child who was born to a single 13-year-old
mother who was struggling to survive on the streets? What would you
say if I told you that this child became the victim of multiple
physical and sexual abuses before the age of thirteen herself? She
later became pregnant and gave birth to a still-born baby.
She often got into trouble with the law before the age of fifteen.
You wouldn't bet too much hope on her future would you? What if I
told you that this person was Oprah Winfrey, one of the richest and
most successful women in the United States? And she is an
Afro-American as well.
Superman to Paraplegic...and now an Inspiration to all
Now, think of Christopher Reeve. Many of us remember Reeves as
invincible Superman. He not only had super strength but super
powers, he could literally fly. More than that, Christopher Reeve
had the fantastic physique to make the role he played to super
stardom, magical and believable.
Then, in 1994, a tragic horse riding accident left Reeve paralyzed
from the neck down for life! Initially, the meaning he attached to
the accident was that his life was over and that he would be a
burden to everyone.
Utterly depressed Reeve wanted his doctors to take him off life
support and allow him to die. It was his wife who asked him to give
himself (and his family) two years. If, at the end of the two
years, he felt the same way, they would find a way to let him go.
But as Reeve's rehabilitation began, surrounded by his very loving
and supportive family and friends, he started to attach a totally
different meaning to his disability. He began to see that he
(because of his fame) could become an inspiration and symbol to all
those who are suffering from various disabilities, and who have
The meaning he gave to his experience put him in a resourceful state.
As he continued to bear his massive disability stoically and
improve, bit by bit, he started to write what went to become a
best-selling book called 'Nothing is Impossible'.
Though imprisoned in his body, Reeve gave hundreds of moving
speeches and inspiring seminars; he even directed a movie and won
an academy award.
Millions around the world have been inspired by Reeve indomitable
spirit and he has raised millions through the Christopher Reeve
Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope
Heard of Terry Fox, Canadian marathon runner? Well, at 18 Terry was
diagnosed with cancer and had to have his right leg amputated.
Most people would see this as a tragedy and never, in their
wildest dreams, would they see themselves running. Not Terry Fox.
This courageous man decided that he would use this experience to
raise money for cancer research and make a difference to all cancer
sufferers. So, despite having only one leg, Terry started to run
across Canada to raise a million dollars.
Sadly, half way through his journey, Terry contracted another
cancer, this time in his lungs. He was forced to stop his run and
died on June 28, 1981. However, because of the inspiration that his
courage had created, he raised over US$24 million for his cause.
Today, over $330 million has been raised around the world through
the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope.
In all of our lives, there will always come a time when things seem
unfair, that no matter how hard we work for something, we did not
get what we believed we deserved. It may even be a terrible tragedy.
Many people allow events such as these to destroy their
self-esteem, their faith and belief about themselves and the
essential goodness of others.
They allow these events to cripple them forever in taking action.
But there are always others who use what appeared to be negative
events/happenings to grow stronger, wiser and more powerful.
Let's all Learn From Them.
Our Future Is Determined By The Actions We Take (Or Don't Take) Today!!
If You're Feeling Down, Trashed, Devastated or Whatever Shit, just Ignite the Light In Yourself. Everyone Can Shine! Trust Me!