Day 19 – Gratitude

Day 19 Gratitude – – Finneytown Local School District Mail

“Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.” George A. Sheehan
Speaking is a weird way to make a living, and yet, it’s exactly what some people are meant to do. This week at Influence – the National Speakers Association’s Annual Convention – I had the opportunity to experience just about every type of speaker and business model imaginable. Some of the highlights included:

Eric Weihenmayer – Eric was the first blind person to climb Mount Everest. Why would he take on such an arduous task to accomplish something he couldn’t see? He was meant to prove it to himself, and the world, that our limitations don’t have to stop us.

Jia Jiang – After fighting feelings of rejection for his entire life, Jia decided to intentionally get rejected for 100 days through his own version of “rejection therapy.” He is now a YouTube star, a TED speaker, and a great guy to listen to and learn from.

Carey Lohrenz – Carey was the first female fighter pilot to land on an aircraft carrier. Her efforts actually changed the law that didn’t allow women to fly these types of missions. Carey knew what she was meant to do, and now she is inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame.

What is it that you’re meant to do with your life? If you haven’t quite figured it out yet, that’s okay. Give yourself the gift of time to ask yourself the question. The path probably won’t be what you expect, but the journey makes it all worthwhile.

Have fun,