Desire, Belief, Sacrifice and Rewards

Sometimes I start writing and it just flows out like a river seeking the ocean. Today seems to be one of those days. I started writing a post with all intentions of talking about some updates to programs that I am involved with and instead everything else came out. That isn’t a bad thing, in fact it probably tells you more about myself then anything else. I wrote it on my Kooday Online Blog and I want to share it here because it is so relevant. I would love to hear what you think of it so comment please and feel free to share it to your friends and business associates.

Never Lose hope

Ok, Kooday is dead and buried, the Alexa ranking is finally catching up and has headed south like a flock of geese. People stopped coming, people stopped believing not only in Kooday but also in online business and sometimes even themselves.

It is very easy to blame someone or something else for failure. I’m not saying that we should blame ourselves as certainly in this case Kooday led people on a merry trip that hooked them like a drug hooks an addict. But even drug addicts can recover, one of the first steps is to realize that it is not totally their own fault and that only they have the power within to change.


I have heard some people say that Kooday was the first and last time they will be involved in a company online. I think that is sad that they allow themselves to lose hope for all that they could achieve based on one experience.

lightbulb idea

The most powerful thing in our lives are our dreams. They can be strong enough to move us to do extradinary things. Think of all the things we would not have now if people did not follow their dream. All the inventions you can think of at one time started as an idea in somebodies head. Most of them had to face many challenges before they were able to achieve success. Edison had over 1400 failed attempts at making a lightbulb. Aren’t you glad he didn’t give up. In fact when asked about his failures his comment was that he learned something from each one that he didn’t know before.

Sometimes though it is very easy to give up. Seeing no success, often thinking that it may work for others but not you. I understand the frustrations, I really do. But all in all the one thing that can carry you through is a strong dream and desire. You have to want something bad enough that it hurts, because if it doesn’t hurt then you will find it hard to keep going when the going gets tough. Do you remember that song? Maybe showing my age a bit, ‘When the going gets tough, the tough get going’.

The one thing you need to do to help you get on the road to success is define what you really want, what you are willing to do to get it, and how you are going to achieve it. The last part of that really depends on the vehicle you are using. No not what kind of car you drive, the vehicle that will provide you with what you are wanting to achieve. That could be money, recognition, charity, power, fame. For most people the money and recognition would be the main ones.

Have you got a desire strong enough?

This is a hard one. One of the strongest desires people have worldwide is to provide for their family. Especially their children. Ok, yes I know there are single people as well that may read this and obviously that may not be your focus, but hopefully in the future you will have a family of your own and you will see that your priorities change.

You see it in the movies all the time where someone sacrifices everything they can including their own life for the benefit of their family. It is not just movie magic, this is common in real life. In recent times we had some of the worst floods this country has ever endured which cost lives as it ran through several towns. One of the stories that really hit a nerve was of a mother and her two sons that were clutching for life in the raging floodwaters as a bystander tried to rescue them. Here is a short version of what happened.

Jordan Rice was only 13, but when he realized not all of his family could be saved, he ended up making the ultimate sacrifice. As floodwaters rushed up around him and his family, the Toowoomba, Australia, boy — who was afraid of the water — made a decision that would cost him his life: His little brother should be rescued first. Rice and his mother were swept away and drowned in the country’s massive floods this week. “Jordan can’t swim and is terrified of water,” his father, John Tyson, told. “But when the man went to rescue him, he said ‘save my brother first.'”

Read about a 13 year olds ultimate sacrifice

Even now reading this I get choked up and have tears in my eyes, and I’m no girl! Maybe the fact that I have a 12 and 8 year old boy myself makes it hit home harder to me. Maybe it would be the same for anyone that has kids. If you click on the picture you can read a full article on it.

Sometimes we all think we have it so bad ourselves but it is a brave person to claim that there is no one that is worse off then they are.

Sure things may be at a low point in your life and that really is something I can understand. You want to pull yourself out of that, you want things to be better, you want to be happy, you want it to be easy. Nothing is easy though that is worthwhile. Childbirth is hard but it is worthwhile. Building a business is hard but it is worthwhile. Raising a family is hard but it is worthwhile. Changing the world is hard but it is worthwhile.

Do not be afraid of the hard stuff, it is what makes it more worthwhile in the end. The satisfaction of succeeding will be far more rewarding and the challenges you had on the journey will seem all the more smaller than the insurmountable obstacles they seemed like at the time. Some say it is character building.

Follow Your Dreams

You are in control of your own destiny. Not me, not your boss, not your friends, not your family, just you. There is opportunity out there for those who seek it, you just have to face the facts that not all opportuities will pan out the way you would like them to. Pick your opportunities wisely and work at them with passion to achieve more than you ever dreamed possible. The rewards far outweigh the struggles.

So whether you are just starting in the online world or if you have already been fighting demons in your head trying to break through. I hope this gives you that little bit of inspiration that you can do it, because I know you can. Never doubt yourself.

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