The Truth Behind Inspiring Stories: A Follow-Up Thought


Yesterday I talked about an article I’d read that talked a little bit about the struggles a person still faced even though they’ve pulled themselves up by their bootstraps.  Today I want to underscore the point because I think it’s important to keep in mind that successful people still have struggles.

No matter how successful a person is or how much they’ve overcome, they still have worries, fears, issues, problems, obstacles, setbacks, sorrows, heartaches…everything that you and I face on a day-to-day basis.

You may say that successful people have staff to do “those things”, meaning the unpleasant or repetitive or menial tasks.  This is true to a degree but successful people still have frustrations of people not doing what they’ve promised to do, whether it’s their vendors, customers, staff, colleagues, friends, or family.

Successful people are not exempt from worries regarding their own health and wellbeing and that of their loved ones.  They aren’t exempt from the yearning to lead a meaningful life, one that’s well spent and makes a difference.

They still get stuck in traffic, the repair bills are higher than what they expected, their checkbook doesn’t balance, an item they purchased doesn’t live up to the hype,they’re let down by a friend or colleague or family member, they can’t seem to figure out the work-life balance….

But what about those people who overcame crushing odds?  They put forth incredible super-human effort during that time in their lives so now all of their problems are solved, right?

Not so.

From time-to-time, they still run up against triggers that cause their thoughts to turn in a certain direction that drives unhealthy behaviors.  They still have to pull out their coping strategies and, when those strategies seem to be faltering, to then reach out to their group of supportive, wise friends and associates who will be strong for them when they are having trouble doing that for themselves.

They have the traffic, the annoying people, the bills, clothes that make them look fat, global warming,  etc., to deal with, too.

I find this to be a tremendous relief, as I said in yesterday’s post, because it means that while in some respects successful people’s lives are radically different from yours and mine, in many ways their lives are exactly like ours.

Which means they aren’t a different species from us. 

Which means there’s hope for us yet! 


Let me know what you think about this.  Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


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