Strength In Numbers

I was sitting in a coffee shop the other day and was fortunate enough to strike up a conversation with a gentleman who was 85 years young. Before long, the subject got onto that of generational differences and how things have dramatically changed since he was a young man, some 60-70 years ago.
He mentioned that with the benefit of hindsight, he looks back and now realises how tough life was growing up in the 1940’s and 50’s, but no matter what life threw at him, he responded the same way every single time.
“Let’s get this done and let’s do it together.” That was his matra.
He said that life was tough and if you went it alone, you were setting yourself up for failure. We always had our friends or family by our side and we always knew that we were stronger in numbers and no matter what life threw at us, we would always get through any hardships, together.
“This is something that I feel is lacking in this day and age. We don’t help each other enough and there is this perception that we have to do things alone or continually compare and compete against each other, he said.”  

“Be strong, be fearless, be beautiful and believe that anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you.”
– Misty Copeland –

I asked what advice he would give a young person in this day and age, after all no amount of money can beat experience. I painted a scenario of him sitting down for a 15-minute window and chatting to the next generation coming through. What advice would you give I asked?
He said, “I would tell them to leave nothing out there. Life is too short to not give your best effort. To lay your head down on your pillow each night, whether you have had a win or a loss during your day, regardless of the result, knowing you have given your all and have nothing left to give.”
Make no mistake, every single day, life will throw some type of adversity, roadblock or speed hump in your way. Focus on your strengths, and let them overcome your weaknesses. Start every day thinking about what you can and will do, and you will mentally set the stage for the rest of the day. Do this every day, and positive thinking will become a habit.
If you are agreeing with what I am saying, what is preventing you from fulfilling your potential right now? Are you heading for that graveyard with potential that will never be realised? Next time you drive past a cemetery, stop for a moment and think of all the people who have passed, who at one time or another had the potential to become great, but who never acted or were to embarrassed, scared or vulnerable of asking someone for help or support.
Only a small percentage of the people in our world can confess to having achieved all they are capable of, and the majority of them did not do it on their own. They had someone by their side helping them navigate through the obstacles of life.
My Takeaway For This Week:
We are stronger in numbers. So, put down your phone, put down your tablet or laptop. Step away from technology, just for a minute, and connect with someone and ask for help if you need it.

Most people are happy to help you, but never really thought you needed it as you always portrayed this façade of how strong you were and that you didn’t need anyone’s help.

Keep the people who are loyal to you close and distance yourself from those who are not.

No matter how tough life gets, we are always stronger in numbers.

Is there someone that you have in your life that is always in your corner? Can you lean on them and ask them for help? If you are fortunate to have someone like this in your life, share this newsletter with them, and let them know who they are and how grateful you are to have them in your life.

I would love to know your thoughts on this weeks newsletter and whether you have found it helpful.

Have a great week ahead.



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