Success

Q: How can I become a success when other people seem more talented?

A: Play to your strengths. Everyone who has ever lived has had weaknesses. Even great historical figures had flaws that killed them in the end. But while they lived they inspired hope, created great works, moved nations, and even changed the course of history. So work on your weaknesses, shore up your foundations, and strengthen your weak links. But if you would truly make a difference in the world, meditate not you your foibles but on your strengths; find your talents, your passion, your destiny; follow that path where it leads. A jet plane cannot mow lawns, but it can fly to distant destinations. Don't worry so much about what you can't do; just do what you can as only you can do it.

Personal Applications:
Each of us is given one gift--a special strength or talent--and it is our task to discover and cultivate it. Take stock of your potential strengths. If you are not sure, ask friends or loved ones; they often see what remains hidden to us. We share common human weaknesses, but it is our unique talents that make us special. The late Peanuts cartoonist Charles Schultz claimed he wasn't much good at anything as a youth--but he liked to draw cartoons. This doesn't mean it was easy--his first cartoons were rejected before he found success. So remember that everything is difficult until it becomes easy. And follow your interests, because interests can ignite into passions, and passions become strengths. Charles Schultz played to his strength, on which he built an empire and a life.

If you haven't yet found your strength or cultivated your talent, ask yourself:

*What do I enjoy, whether it's work or a hobby?

*What makes time pass quickly?

*What service might I enjoy doing if I were independently wealthy?

As your interest develops into a strength, and that strength becomes a purpose, let your imagination roam...where might it lead? Play to your strength and let your dreams carry you through adversity.