February 9, 2016

4 Examples of Success as a Mindset

It has crossed my mind, lately, that there are quite a few variables to accomplishment. Life is complicated. The lives of those who push through their comfort zones to triumph over the odds are even more complex.

Prominent individuals come from different backgrounds. However, when we study them, we find they have something in common: tenacity. Dictionary.com defines tenacity as “the quality or property of holding together firmly.” Its synonyms are determination, perseverance, and persistence.

Some people with privileged circumstances make unwise choices and drift away. Others with rough situations make the decision to push through absolutely anything. Let’s look at some examples:

Dave Hutchison

Who’s Dave Hutchison, you ask? Well, he’s the late brother of the one of the most successful evangelical preachers around: Joyce Meyer. They took a different track in life. Even though Joyce was the child severely abused by their father, her brother was also traumatized by their childhood.

He learned an unhealthy method of coping: substance abuse and avoidance. Although he was handsome and intelligent, Dave Hutchison allowed his poor choices to subvert his plans to have a family, a steady job, even a home.

His sister helped him for years. She took him into her own home and gave him everything he needed. Dave even worked in her company for two years. However, he couldn’t handle the structure. He refused to take responsibility for himself. He moved away, eventually.

Dave Hutchison died penniless in an abandoned building in Los Angeles. His body wasn’t discovered until a few days later. He only had a few minor personal effects, including a business card from when he had worked in his famous sister’s ministry.

Tyler Perry

This man is a highly successful actor, producer, author, director, and the list probably goes on forever. Few would have suspected such an outcome from the verbally and physically abused child, though.

When this star first began his career, he was financing his own poorly attended plays. He was living in his car for part of that time, too.

Get this: Tyler Perry was initially told that he shouldn’t make movies--because African Americans don’t watch them.

Now, this man is one of the most successful men in Hollywood. He has his finger in many pies. His movies are always highly rated. They are considered to be realistic, thoughtful presentations of African-American life. Also, his “Medea” character has made millions laugh.

J.K. Rowling

You’d better know who this is!!!! Her story is not unfamiliar, either. Britain’s current top-grossing female author has used her own kind of wizardry to transform her life. She began her writing career as a formerly abused, penniless single mother. She lived in a tiny apartment with no heat. J.K. Rowling began her career while subsisting on the government welfare system.

Greg Adler

He is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of  4-Wheel Parts. It’s been a family business since 1961.They service and sale parts for high-end off-road vehicles.  Mr. Adler is prosperous and healthy.

However, his older brother has chosen a different route.  He wasn’t motivated to stay in the prosperous family business.  He was sidetracked by poor choices.

My Conclusion

Success really has nothing to do with one’s background, or resources. In fact, a tough experience can often be the catalyst to clawing one’s way to sky-high victory. As with many things in life, success is a mindset.

“…but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”—Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

How have you programmed yourself for victory?

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