Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Take Advantage of Your Chances


Have you ever been in a situation where you were in a lot of trouble and you prayed to the Heavens Above that if God were to get you through this one, you will never do it again? What did you do months down the road? My point is that a lot of people appreciate the troubled situation that they were in at the time, but rarely do those individuals actually make the most of that chance.  

My encouragement to you is to take advantage of the chances that life gives. Too many times individuals focus on the negative aspects of life and disregard the positives. Almost always, there is a positive opportunity in any bad situation. One must open their eyes to see them and be smart enough to take advantage of them.

For example, breaking up with your spouse is a situation that most people may hate. However, it might turn out be one of the best decisions of your life. That person could have been holding you back from your success in the professional, personal, or spiritual realm. There are a lot of individuals who are with someone for comfort, a certain level of stability, etc. There is nothing wrong with being with a person for those reasons; however, you do not want to give up the great for the good.

After reading Sherman Williams’ book, “the Crimson Cowboy:  The Rise and Fall of a Three-Time Champion,” I realized that a lot of individuals get second chances (even three or four) in life. But, it is all about what you do with those chances. What is it worth to have many chances if you decide not to get the most out of on them? It is almost worse than having no chance at all.

My encouragement to those who have had several chances or have had no chances at all is to keep moving forward from a positive viewpoint. If you have had several chances, wake up and realize them while capitalizing upon them. If you feel like you have not had any chances, take a positive look upon the situation and you will realize that you have a chance to do something good.   Aut inveniam viam aut faciam. I shall either find a way or make one. Hannibal
Ronnie O'Brien Rice, Ph.D., J.D.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Setting Up Your Network


You often hear that ‘your network determines your net-worth.’ This is true on some many levels. However, you do not hear how to change your network or even how should create it.

Recently, I discovered as I achieved new goals in my life, my network is bound to change. This is not due to me feeling like I am better than anyone. It is purely because with each accomplishment of a new goal brings new people and new way of doing things. Others may not comprehend or do not want to because they are comfortable in the environment that they have been in for years.

I have discovered that to create your new network, you must be vigilant in ascertaining those who are either at the level you want to be or desperately striving to achieve that level. This may seem hard at first, but it is very simple. Just look for those folks who operate in the circle of individuals that you classify as being successful, goal oriented, athletics, singers, business people, etc. You will find that they are all around you.

The next step is to determine who would do you the most benefit in being in your circle. This is important because a person may be successful or on their way to being prosperous, but may not do you any good. These folks may be the ones who will do anything including harming others to get what they want. You want to avoid them.

Once you find these folks you want to surround yourself with, start making time for them. Whether it is coffee at the local Starbuck’s, meeting them at the same gym, lunches, etc. I know this sounds trivial; however, most successful people just don’t have time to sit around to entertain folks who are thinking about being successful. They only have time for those who are serious about being successful.

Ronnie O’Brien Rice, Ph.D., J.D.