Only Faith In Your Vision Will Land You Your First Lucky Break

Never let your memories be bigger than your dreams.

Faith. What is there in business without Faith? Even if you run out of money, you should never run out of positivity. You do, after all, believe in the power of your dream, right? Your positive attitude, your faith, your passion – all of these create a recipe for success. And eventually, a lucky break that only comes after years of toiling.

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. Jeff,

    For years, I resented a reference I had from my college professor/advisor in getting my first teaching job. For some reason, my employer handed me the file with my references in it during the orientation process, and I was able to read what was written about me on the reference forms. The first one was excellent (after all, you are supposed to get references that only say good things about you, right?), and the second one was just as good. Then my college professor, the one who had just given me the top math major award at graduation, said, “He wasn’t the smartest math student I ever taught, but what he lacked in intelligence, he made up for with persistence.”

    I was so hurt and disappointed by that reference – from the professor that I had most of my degree work with. But all I was reading was the first half of the statement, and I took it as he was saying that I wasn’t as bright as I should have been. Then why did I get the top math award? Why did I get all A’s in his classes? Why did I ask him to provide a reference?

    Then years later, it hit me. All he did was draw attention to the thing I had done all my life. He saw the reality whereas my other references only saw the end results. I would weigh my strengths and weaknesses, and if my weaknesses were going to hinder me, I would raise my strengths to overcompensate for my weaknesses. So at the end of the day, I would still reach my goal. My professor was right – when I reached a struggle point, I would dig in with persistence until I reached the goal. I was the B student who worked twice as hard to get an A.

    John Maxwell often talks about the notion that you, as a leader, should not waste time trying to “fix” your weaknesses in the middle of a situation. Instead play to your strengths, and if possible, delegate the areas you have weaknesses in to someone who has a strength there. That thought process was my reality check, and what used to be a hurtful reference, was an encouragement to follow my dreams and passions, even when things get tough or out of my comfort zone.


  2. Bob, I love your courage to share this. And after reading it three times, it hit me. Life is about perspective. And on top of that, we get to choose. What we don’t get is reassure of the correct choice. By any measure, you have chosen wisely.

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