Who Says So?

Who Says So?

It is probable that many of you who read these words have been told from time to time by people who, in most cases, were well meaning, that you would never amount to anything, could not do this, had no talent for that particular field, etc.

If you overcame those negative comments and did something with your life, you smile at the memory of the satisfaction you gained by "proving them wrong." It's obvious that you did not listen to what they had to say and succeeded in spite of in some cases and because of in other cases the negative comments of others and despite some problems you might have had early on in life.

Going back a few years, Franklin, Adler and Jung were poor mathematicians; Einstein did not speak until he was nearly five years old and was considered "mentally slow"; Watt was declared "dull and inept"; and Walt Disney was fired from his first job because "he had no imagination." Thomas Edison was asked to leave school because, at age nine, he was at the bottom of his class. Edgar Allen Poe, Shelley and Whistler were all expelled from school. Grandma Moses wasn't exactly a "child prodigy," having achieved all of her fame, success and the development of her talent after age 80. Abraham Lincoln had the equivalent of three months of school and was ridiculed for his appearance.

This says that the "experts" or well-meaning other people are misguided in their efforts and just plain wrong in their thinking. Factually, we can measure I.Q., but not "want to." We can measure the size of your head but not the size of your heart. I encourage you to listen carefully to what people say and then follow your heart as you use your head to develop the skills and talents you have. Take that approach and I'll SEE YOU AT THE TOP!

Zig Ziglar is known as America’s Motivator. He authored 33 books and produced numerous life changing programs. He will be remembered as a man who lived out his faith daily.