Be Somebody! // Positively Speaking // Mark Wilson

You can’t be everything.
You can’t have everything.
You can’t do everything.
But you can be somebody.

Each night, as young Abe Lincoln’s stepmother kissed him and put him to bed, she said, “Abe, be somebody!” These challenging words echoed in his heart as he grew into manhood and took his place among the giants of history.

A glance at Abe’s dismal background would make one think that the poor fellow was destined for lifelong failure. He was poor, lacked formal education, and suffered countless setbacks and tragedies. Abe, however, was determined to move beyond his problems to the possibilities. He refused to wallow in self-pity. He raised up and became a Somebody!

Guess what? If Abraham Lincoln could do it — you can too! “Not me!”, you may protest, “Why, I’m just a nobody. How could I possibly become a Somebody?”

It is possible. The opportunity lies before you, if you will only reach out and grasp it.

The greatest “Somebodies” are often those who have overcome enormous obstacles and terrible circumstances. Poverty, disability, lack of education, broken relationships, difficulty and failures have frequently been the garden beds where great successes sprout.

Just last week, I made a list of 20 world-class leaders. They were from all walks of life and all periods of history. I found only one common thread between them all. Every single one of these leaders had to overcome great obstacles!

Do you have big problems? Celebrate! That means you’re qualified to be a great leader!

The size of a person is measured by what it takes to defeat him/her. Big people have big problems. Puny people have puny problems. Which kind of problems do you want to have?

Sure, you can use your difficulties as an excuse for not doing anything. No one would blame you and you would be able to receive your share of pity. “Poor soul,” the crowd will say, “life has certainly dealt you a lousy hand.” Yes, you can bask in their pity — but please understand, that is all you will get. Is this really what you want out of life? Just a bunch of pity?

If not, it’s time to chart the course and start moving forward. You are never too old or too young to begin. Quit using your problems as lame excuses, and start using them as launching pads!

You can be Somebody, but not by sitting on the sidelines, watching the parade go by. Get in the game!

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