Prosperity: The Choice Is Yours
December 07, 2002
Do You Have What It Takes?
By: Dave Cole
It was a simple, rather quiet affair, no big splash, no
thousands of guests and catered dinner. There wasn't a polka
band or DJ spinning the top forty.
The next day there were no headlines on the front page
of the papers, in fact only a small handful of people
actually were aware of the event.
But on that day, December 05, 1952, a monumental
undertaking began. The odds were against this couple to start.
It was exceedingly rare that a partnership of this
type was to last for 50 years.
It wasn't always easy. Sometimes things were hard going, in
fact downright difficult. Money was tight to start with.
Obstacles came and obstacles were faced and dealt with.
But these two folks had something going for them that
made all the difference. They had a determination that
no matter what, they were going to succeed.
They simply made up their minds to do whatever it took
to make their marriage a success.
50 years later this couple is celebrating all those years of
hard work and dedication. All the struggles they went through,
now seem only a part of what has continually made them stronger
throughout the years.
Had their relationship never been "tested" perhaps they
would not have learned the valuable lessons that enabled
them to be in a elite class of folks who reach that golden
Had they given up when things got a little rough and the
waters became choppy, as so many choose to do now a days,
then it would have proved the struggles to be bigger than
But they didn't give up. That determination to see things
through to the end, no matter what the difficulty, has
given them the right and privelege to say without a doubt,
they truly are a success in life.
If there's one outstanding quality my mom and dad have
taught me, by example, it is once you are determined to
do something worthwhile, never give in and never give up.
So very few couples can enjoy having a 50th wedding anniversary.
My mom and dad are an inspiration to their children, their
community, and I hope dear reader today to you.
Because as we all know, that once we decide to do something
worthwhile in our lives, it doesn't always come easy.
We all face numerous road blocks and hardships and struggles.
There are times when it would be a whole lot easier to just
"throw in the towel" and give up on our dreams. There
are times when we just don't "feel" like doing what it
takes to accomplish that next step on our journey.
But for those of us who refuse to give in, the rewards
far outweigh the prices we have to pay.
Running a business is not much different than having a
successful marriage. They both take hard work, dedication,
a vision for the future and a never say die attitude.
They both take a total commitment.
I know things aren't always easy in your own business. But
I challenge you today to learn a lesson from my mom and dad.
Let their success story be an inspiration to you when things
get a bit rough and you may feel like giving in.
You are bigger than the difficulties. I know you have that
ability within you.
Thank you Bill and Dorothy Cole for being who you are
and for what you have taught me.
"Everything you want is out
there waiting for you
to ask. Everything
you want also wants you. But
you have to take action to get it."
~ Jack Canfield ~
The Wisdom of Robert Dean
Having your own successful business doesn't tolerate
mediocrity or laziness. If you are a successful business
owner, you want everything to be outstanding.
If you want to make money and help a lot of people,
you will need to follow those who are already doing it.
You have to be willing to do the things today that other
people won't so you can have the things tomorrow that
other people won't have.
Triple Diamond Pearl with Morinda
1. Learn how to run your business or you won't do well.
2. Work on it. If you don't want to work, there's someone else who will.
3. Stick to it. We should have to earn what is good in this
world. Earning it is part of going through the process.
4. If you don't help others be successful, you won't be
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