Just who are Yulia Lipnitskaya and Jimmy Fallon? They are both contenders for the prize in the ring of their professions. They perform before the world and have the guts to say, I am the best and I will prove it.
Yulia, 15, and Jimmy, 39, are also both comeback kids from life’s difficulties. You say, what can anyone that young know about difficulties? At what age is adversity not possible and painful? Yulia was out of the competition last season with a brain injury. Her body may be what we see gliding across the ice so effortlessly but it is her mind that drives those body signals. Jimmy started out on well-known Saturday Night Live and shortly after, worked on two films that went nowhere and his career began to collapse. Bounce back to the heights of the Olympics and The Tonight Show? How? What? Who can do that?
First they were not trying to do it alone. They had someone else in their lives saying, ‘you’re not done yet’. Then they said it, started the learning process it takes to recover, and then they believed it could be done. Part of that process is learning to work through fear and frustration as you have to learn new things and shake lose the pain of past hurts. There is no security on this earth, there is only opportunity. (Douglas MacArthur, WWII General) Then there is the just doing it; practice, practice, practice until it becomes your skill. You see, no one escapes the pain of hurt, failure, and disappointment and no one is an overnight success. And in our determination to obtain the new position we must not contemplate anything but success.
No one was betting on Yulia and Jimmy yet there they are in the forefront, with the world waiting breathlessly to see them win. You have work to do, retooling that must be done, and a stage that has a spot just for you to stand on. Never, never quit.
Deb Bryan has 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. She has a passion for writing and Toastmasters International.
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