The late and great Tommy Cooper once said “The trouble with telling people about your problems is that 50 per cent of the listeners don’t care and the other 50 per cent of listeners reckon that you deserve everything you get!”
Everyone will have experienced a wide range of problems through the recent economic downturn, losing their jobs, their houses or even getting divorced.
Life is tough - but it always has been. It has always been a work in progress.
What have the military, Paralympians and the self employed got in common?
>> Against the odds, they never give up believing, hoping and doing.
>> They will do whatever it takes to achieve their goal.
On Remembrance Sunday we honour the brave who never surrendered or gave up hope. They made the ultimate sacrifice in conditions that were and are terrifying and life threatening.
Yet all we do is moan about life being unfair and blaming others for our own situation.
There are people all around us who are less fortunate than ourselves, yet we wallow in self pity. So the questions are:
>> What contribution have you made to society? Mentoring? Volunteering?
>> Do you want to be a victim in this economic climate and sit and do nothing?
>> Are you prepared to do something, anything, in order to improve your prospects and of those less fortunate than yourself?
There isn’t an excuse in the world that prevents you creating a better future for yourself, and others, either in employment or by setting up your own business. And if you want to argue that point I give you our great Paralympians as ultimate examples of the definition of achievement.