Zig On…Living Successfully
By Zig Ziglar
It’s not what you don’t have. Chances are excellent that you’ve heard the phrase used many times, “Life is what you make it.” Truer words were never spoken. Or we could put it in a slightly different way, as my friend Ty Boyd does, and say, “You can’t change the cards life has dealt you, but you can determine the way you’ll play them.” That’s the philosophy Wendy Stoeker decided to live by. When she was a freshman at the University of Florida, Wendy placed third in the girls’ state diving championship. At that point she was swimming in the number two spot, and she was doing so as a freshman on the highly-competitive Florida swim team. At the same time, she was carrying a full academic load.
Wendy Stoeker certainly sounds like an accomplished, happy, positive, well-balanced co-ed, capable of making life whatever she wishes it to be, doesn’t she? Well, as a matter of fact, you’re right when you say that’s what she was and is. The fact is, she already has made life what she wants it to be, even though she was born without arms.
Despite having no arms, Wendy enjoys bowling, water skiing, and types over 45 words a minute. Wendy doesn’t look down at what she does not have, she looks up to what she does have. The reality is that if all of us would use what we have and not worry about what we don’t have, we would be able to accomplish infinitely more in our lives.
The message is this: Follow the example of Wendy Stoeker. Think positively about what you want in life. Determine to use what you have, regardless of the obstacles you might face. If you do that, you will make your life more exciting, rewarding and productive. Buy that idea and I’ll SEE YOU AT THE TOP!