Could anything be worse than having your own siblings sell you as a slave in a foreign country?!
Man, that would stink! But Joseph made the most of it. He didn’t give up. He didn’t throw in the towel and acquiesce to a miserable existence. He was offered an un-lucrative position in slavery, and he decided to be great at it. He was going to climb up that ‘slavery ladder’ to the top.
Well, just like in the corporate world, there were immoral, conniving individuals who wanted Joseph to compromise his integrity. He refused. So should you!
That landed him in a new and exciting position… in a prison cubicle. Certainly he would give up now. Who could possibly endure a demotion from slavery? But no! He was determined. He was unstoppable! Are you?
The path DOWN into the prison was the path UP into greatness. That is often the case with great individuals. There are almost always major ‘failures’ along the way.
As you know, after a few years in the lower ranks, Joseph was promoted to ‘Vice President’ of Egypt. His path to greatness enabled him to save many thousands of lives, including his own people.
This is one of the greatest success stories ever told. Never, ever give up. If Joseph, and others, can rise to greatness from where they started, then most assuredly, you can too!
The problem isn’t whether it’s possible or not, the problem is whether you REALLY want it or not.
There are many good people who are lax and careless, and who continually procrastinate. They are casual about life and rarely devoted to improving themselves and their situation. There is always someone or something else to blame… obviously they’re a victim. They go through the motions in some areas, but are not valiant in their commitment.
These are not bad people doing bad things; they merely fail to do the things required to achieve greatness.
When opportunities are present, they are unprepared to take advantage of them. They have failed to make themselves ready. They often remain in the same undesirable circumstances for most of their lives. Somehow they keep falling for that old lie…that their ‘lucky break’ is just around the corner, that happiness will come with that next stage of life.
No it won’t! IT WON’T COME UNTIL WE MAKE IT COME.
But there they are, trudging along in circles, busily going nowhere. The path of mediocrity goes around and around, in a smooth, uninterrupted circle. That path is well worn.
Somewhere up on the mountain, high in the clouds, lies the path to greatness. On that rigorous trail, stalwart souls are making sacrifices. They get up early and stay up late. They WORK when it’s time to work, but definitely not all the time. These people know how to prioritize their whole life.
There is very little, if any time for being idle on this path. These climbers know they can’t waste their time and their future by watching TV, driving around listening to the radio and blowing their money and their potential at ‘happy hour.’ (That name, btw, is one of the greatest contradictions I’ve ever heard. True happiness will never come out of a bar.)
Instead, they are dedicated to personal and professional growth. They have learned to focus their efforts on the things that matter most, even when they don’t feel like doing it. That’s what gets them out of the rat race. They have a ‘do it anyway’ attitude toward the tasks that must be done.
They are inspired and driven by a vision of their potential and their dreams, allowing neither distractions nor detours. They are not lured off onto the spurs along the trail. Oh no, they are determined to succeed… and they will.
By William Ernest Henley
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.
Do not leave your future to chance, to wishing things will get better, to ‘well, I guess we’ll see,’ or to ‘I hope it works out’ attitudes.
Life will be precisely what you make of it. And that demands action.
Samuel Johnson once remarked that ‘hell is paved with good intentions.’ Good intentions don’t get it done; that’s up to you. Neither God nor the universe, nor anybody else will translate your good hopes and desires and intentions into results. Each of us must do that for ourselves. No one else is going to do it for you. Not the lottery, not the government, not some get-rich-quick scheme, not even your super rich great uncle you hope dies soon and leaves you his inheritance.
“If it’s to be, it’s up to me!”
You want a great future? Then create it. Make it happen.
“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.”
Putting off until ‘tomorrow’ what you could make happen today, is subjecting yourselves to years of bondage. Bondage to indolence, to bad habits and addictions; bondage to circumstances and weaknesses; bondage to an okay life.
You can do better than that.
You came to this life ‘trailing clouds of glory.’ You have greatness in you. YOU WERE BORN TO SHINE!
Do not settle for a humdrum existence.
Decide. Design. Create. Build an epic life!
Do something, anything, right now, that will help you create a life you love!