The Monday Hangover No. 4

Posted: January 19th, 2009

History Happens

As you may of heard, the 44th president of the United States will be sworn in tomorrow. I can’t help but be proud that finally our society has made progress given the last eight years of  “What the fuck just happened” that left a trail of casualties from the States to Iraq. Coincidentally, (or not) there is finally a truce in Gaza and the damage is being tallied. Likewise, the new prez has a similar job to do tomorrow.

I can’t help but take one last parting shot at our outgoing leader.

The other historical events… the Arizona Cardinals made it to the Super Bowl.  How did that happen?

Well, here’s my theory: The Apocalypse is eminent and, in fact, will be on Super Bowl Sunday two weeks from now. In that time expect those four horsemen to be flying around your neighborhood anytime soon and Kurt Warner to be the second coming of Jesus Christ shortly after. If you haven’t asked Jesus to pardon you sins and become your savior, I’d suggest a trip to your local Protestant church between now and then.

(Ahem) Enough with the religious spiel. Now comes my little anecdote. I think I already had enough to say when the Cardinals won last week that I used up anything possibly new to say. After all, I didn’t expect them to win yesterday. Well, I’ll make this rather short then:

In the famous words of Tony Robbins, a (somewhat) famous motivational speaker, “Your past does not equal your present.” The Cardinals have always been branded losers for decades. And I say this as I’m making an “L” with my thumb and forefinger pressed against my forehead. Total losers!

Look what they had to overcome to get to the big game: the loser stigma. Now we may not be so harsh on ourselves, nor have a personal army of followers branding us with an L against their foreheads. We do, however, tend to limit ourselves in our expectations to excel in something such as freelancing and starting our own business. The most common stigma we all have is the “I can’t do this” syndrome.

I said it last week and I’ll say it again now: Believe. There are a lot of people who have been in your shoes and who have succeeded in doing what you want to do yourself. Look online. You’ll see countless blogs like this one that recount adventures to success.  Not only that but they encourage others to do the same.

Success is not always easy but if you sell yourself short, you’ll never reach it.

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