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I believe in order to be successful in life:

  • You must not be willing to settle for yesterday’s accomplishments.

If what you did yesterday still looks big to you today, you probably have not done enough today. It is good to celebrate your accomplishments, but you need to always focus on what the future might hold.

  • You must not be willing to sit around waiting for tomorrow’s opportunities.

Between the great things we can’t do and the little things we will not do, the danger is that we will do nothing. The world is blessed most by those who do things, not by those who merely talk about doing them. The old saying is that “talk is cheap”, well it is!

  • You must not be willing to let your beginning dictate your end.

George Washington Carver spent the early years of his life shuffled between foster homes until one day Maria Watkins, whose occupation was washing clothes, found him sleeping in her barn. She did not just take him in, she took him to church and introduced him to someone who inspired him to do more with his life. When he eventually left her home, he took with him the will to do more with his life than he had done before.

George Washington Carver, born a slave, left his mark on the world as a botanist, chemist, scientist and inventor. The father of modern agriculture was a friend to three presidents as well as Henry Ford and Gandhi. He is credited with over three hundred different inventions. And the remarkable thing is, despite his disadvantages, he never became bitter or spent so much as a moment trying to get even. Maria Watkins said to Mr. Carver “You must learn all you can, then go.” It is said that every morning he went into his lab and prayed this simple but effective prayer, “open my eyes, that I may see.”

Forging a successful life requires more than thinking about the past. It is more than thinking about what could have been, if your circumstances were different. A successful life, requires one to have the mindset that a current situation will not impede one’s progress to move forward in becoming the best that the person can be. So never give up, never give up, never give up.

Chaplain Walter Ghosten

By Chaplain Ghosten