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Against All Odds

Sep 6, 2022, 11:22 AM by Ann Perron
Lucille Ball, Walt Disney, Colonel Sanders and basketball star Shaquille O’Neal refused to accept discouragement. They did not give up on their dreams; but rather, persevered through their challenges.

Ann Perron 

Branch Administrator
Division, branch/location Ottawa  


They said she wasn’t photogenic. She was kicked out of acting school after being told she had no talent. It was  advised to discontinue her studies.

A wonderful visionary and storyteller was told he lacked creativity. He was fired. It is said he may have been  rejected up to three hundred times for his creative mouse idea.

Nobody thought too much of a man in his sixties going door to door to sell his chicken. By the time he was 88  years old, he was a billionaire.

A young man felt his calling in life was to play basketball. Unfortunately, he couldn’t dunk a basket, could barely  jump and suffered extreme leg fatigue when running up and down the court. At nearly seven feet tall, 250 pounds  and with a size 17 shoe, this thirteen year old was told he would never play basketball. He was too slow, too big,  too clumsy. A wonderful coach named Dale Brown encouraged this young man not to give up. Later on, this man  played for Coach Brown. He went on to break all records and made history.

Perhaps you’ve heard of the above mentioned people. Lucille Ball, Walt Disney, Colonel Sanders and basketball  star Shaquille O’Neal refused to accept discouragement. They did not give up on their dreams; but rather,  persevered through their challenges.

No matter who we are, we have all faced challenges and negativity. Things have been said about us that simply  are not true. This may have occurred in childhood, our teenage years or even now as adults. Although we have  dismissed many negative comments, some have seeped into our consciousness and have replayed enough times  to be believed. This has been hurtful, even damaging. Nowadays, global social media posts are rampant. What  can we do? 

I think it’s important to remember that we cannot control what others think, feel or say. We can, however, control  how or if we respond. We don’t need to respond to every comment. It’s not worth draining our positive energy to  feed into someone else’s negativity. It’s also OK to realize that we can remove ourselves from the constant  bombardment of social media. We don’t need to jump at every bell or whistle and be “plugged in” 24/7. Take the  time to decompress, breathe, relax and be the person you were created to be. You have gifts and talents that only  you can offer, so don’t let poisonous negativity discourage or derail you. Keep the peace, security and confidence  that rightfully belong to you. 

When faced with challenges, keep your goals in mind. We move toward what we focus on, so magnify what you  hope to achieve. Realize that challenges are often opportunities to grow stronger. Associate with people who  support you. Be positive. Ignore those who say it can’t be done. Success is waiting!


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