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If everything you’ve tried has failed

“There is a method that works. Find it.” -Julien Smith

Why I’m not a professional basketball player

There was a 6′ 6″ kid at my high school who couldn’t dunk a basketball. I couldn’t dunk a basketball either, but I had a legitimate excuse; I was only 5’9″.

“If I was HIS height, I’d be in the National Basketball Association”, I muttered to my best friend who was 5’3″. “Yeah, and if I was YOUR height”, he interrupted, “I would be in the National Basketball Association.”

It’s all too easy to look at someone else’s situation as easier than ours. How much greater our lives would be, we suppose, if we only possessed another person’s advantages. But relative to someone else, we ARE that other person. There’s always someone looking at how “easy” we have it while imagining all the amazing feats they’d be performing if they had the luxury of living in our shoes.

When it comes down to it, our lives are what they are because of what we do or don’t do with what we have.

I’m not a professional basketball player because I didn’t commit to being one. Spud Webb is 5’7″, Earl Boykins is 5’5″, and Muggsy Bogues is 5’3″. All three of them, plus several others who are under 6 feet, have played in the NBA.

My height didn’t stop me from playing in the NBA. I stopped myself.

Your life is easier than you think

No matter who you are and how difficult your life seems to be, there is someone achieving the results you want in spite of the fact that they face challenges you’re blessed to live without.

There are people with less money, less connections, less talent, less looks, less time, less intelligence, less advantages, and they’re somehow finding a way to get it done.

Never let yourself believe that life fails to work for you because you’re uniquely disadvantaged. There are tools, techniques, and tips that will work for you as long as you refuse to stop trying.

If everything you’ve tried has failed, that only means everything you’ve tried has failed. It doesn’t mean you’ve tried everything.

There’s a way for you to create what you want. Stop objecting, start looking, stay open, and keep working.

Your dreams are worth the effort.

T.K. Coleman

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