When Life Knocks, How Will You Answer?


Vince Lombardi once said “It’s easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline when you’re a winner, when you’re number one. What you got to have is faith and discipline when you’re not a winner”. In the past weeks, I’ve heard crying tongues whine about the world doing them wrong for numerous reasons. They need more money, they want an easier job, and the world is just so unfair. Now I’m the worst person to come to with “poor, poor, pitiful me”. It’s because when somebody says the world owes them, I can’t help but say the world doesn’t owe you anything. You were born, you are alive first off and if you’re an American, no matter ethnicity, class, or religion you were given at birth, you have the ability to change anything and everything about your life. You can go from living on the streets to in a million dollar mansion. You can be raised by screaming parents and give your children the most joyous childhood. You can have whatever life you choose, but YOU have to work to achieve it. YOU have to make sacrifices and YOU have to choose to never let life knock you down.

Eric Thomas said it best “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you will be successful”. It is a choice and a determination to succeed. It’s deciding that no matter what life throws at you, you will continue on. It’s choosing to work 24 straight hours to accomplish a project or ace a test, it’s running that extra mile even though your whole body is aching, it’s turning around and telling everybody in the world who says you can’t to “watch me!” as you succeed. Success and a good life aren’t given to anybody. Yes sometimes the road seems easier (from the outside) for somebody raised with a certain last name, born into a certain amount of wealth, or just given certain opportunities. However all the money, fame, and opportunities in the world will not make you succeed if you’re not determined.

One of the most famous men in the world was knocked down time and time again. Walter Elias Disney was raised by two very poor parents with four other siblings. Walt Disney didn’t just immediately become a success, he tried for many years. He even developed a very famous character in the 1920’s named Oswald the Lucky Rabbit for produces Charles Mintz. A character the producer stole before firing Disney. On the train ride home, after having his creation stolen and the world knocking him down, Walt Disney drew the first image of Mickey Mouse. Now the most famous and notable cartoon character in history. Moral of the story, life knocked the tar out of Walt Disney but he got back up and handed life – Mickey Mouse and the rest is history. Life knocks everybody down. It drops them to their knees, but it’s what you choose to do with it that will determine your life. Will you cry or will you fight?


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