The Same Boiling Water

“The same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg. It’s about what you are made of, not the circumstances.” Author unknown.

It is really easy to blame someone else for our own failures. We all have the same two opportunities. We have the opportunity to succeed and we have the opportunity to fail. If we overcome obstacles, we succeed. If we do not overcome obstacles, we fail. My father told me the secret of winning a fight, “When the other guy hits you, it hurts. When you hit the other guy, it hurts him. The object is to hit the other guy last.” It was overcoming a childhood obstacle.

It is often said that a winner is the person who kept trying. Lifting weights builds muscles by working against the resistance of the weights. It is the resistance of hands and feet, against the water, that propels champion swimmers. It is overcoming resistance that builds strength and character.

Consider Booker T. Washington, a black man who was born into slavery in 1856. In spite of the nature of his birth, the Democrat’s Jim Crow laws and other oppressions of the time, Booker T. Washington became an educator, author and advisor to Presidents. He pressed for business development within the black community. He had the opportunity to fail, but he chose to succeed.


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