Posts Tagged ‘hardship’

Jin and Jorg

February 5, 2012

BOOK TRAILER FOR “MAJOR DREAM” BY JIN ROBERTSON




Today, the third day of a three-day seminar entitled “The Language of Impact,” in Los Angeles, I saw two of the one hundred twenty attendees talking to each other during a break. I walked up to Jin Robertson and Jorg Winterlach and said, “Excuse me, I just want to say that you both are amazing. You inspire me.” As the three of us talked for the next few minutes, I was thinking how incredible it was that our lives—Jin lives in South Korea, Jorg lives in Germany, and I live in California—had intersected at that moment in time.

Dr. Jin Kyu Robertson

Jin had come to America at age twenty-two in response to a South Korean newspaper ad looking for a housemaid. She had a one-way ticket, a hundred dollars, and very little English. Six years later, to escape her husband’s abuse, she entered the U.S. Army, where she rose to a rank of Major. She went on to earn a Ph.D. in International Relations History from Harvard. Her daughter followed in her footsteps, earning a Harvard degree and then entering the U.S. Army; she is now a Major serving in Pakistan. Jin is now Korea’s most popular motivational speaker, and her book, Major Dream: From Immigrant Housemaid to Harvard Ph.D., has sold more than half a million copies and prevented numerous suicides in Korea.


Jorg Winterlach



Jorg grew up in East Berlin under communism, forced to (more…)

Night Brings Out the Bright Contrast of Day

September 18, 2011

Hope and faith will always triumph over adversity just as good will always triumph over evil, for implicit in the duality of material existence is the promise that this, too, shall pass.

Good and evil must ever be complements on this earth. Everything created must bear some guise of imperfection. How else could God, the Sole Perfection, fragment His one consciousness into forms of creation distinguishable from Himself? There can be no images of light without contrasting shadows. Unless evil had been created, man would not know the opposite, good. Night brings out the bright contrast of day; sorrow teaches us the desirability of joy.
Paramahansa Yogananda

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Ice Flowers on the Window Panes

August 27, 2011




Adversity compels you to dig deep within until you tap into the bottomless well of courage and fortitude that is your Divine birthright.





You can’t be brave if you’ve only had wonderful things happen to you.
Mary Tyler Moore

In the worst of times, you may (more…)

Let It Rain

August 23, 2011




The most capable and courageous among us have likely lived through punishing experiences, the simple telling of which would make the rest of us faint dead away.

That which does not kill me makes me stronger.
Friedrich Nietzsche







If you cannot change what you are faced with, then you must (more…)

It Is Necessary to Suffer Some Defeats

August 18, 2011



Our greatest lessons are often embedded in our greatest pain. We cry to the heavens, unaware that we are growing stronger and wiser even as we plead for mercy.


We rarely gain a high or larger view except as it is forced upon us through struggles which we would have avoided if we could.
Charles Horton Cooley

You would not be the person you are today if you had never been brought to your knees by the vicissitudes of life.

If life teaches us anything, it may be that it’s necessary to suffer some defeats. Look at (more…)

Greater and Greater Things

August 15, 2011






Do not fear adversity. Every squall you are forced to navigate better prepares you for the next storm brewing just over the horizon.

Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.
African proverb







Indeed, it may be advantageous to find yourself adrift in (more…)

A Harsh Nurse

August 11, 2011





How you feel about a challenge depends on how you choose to deal with it. You can call upon the best in you, or let it get the best of you.





Providence has hidden a charm in difficult undertakings which is appreciated only by those who dare to grapple with them.
Madame Swetchine

It matters not whether you are caught in a spring (more…)

Wrestle your Fear to the Ground!

February 15, 2010

Never turn away in fear from a challenge that must be faced. Fear can only be conquered if it is seized and wrestled to the ground. Shrink away from it and fear becomes your master.

Look into your fears, dare them to do their worst and cut them down when they try. If you don’t, they’ll clone themselves, mushroom till they surround you, choke the road to the life you want. Every turn you fear is empty air, dressed to look like jagged hell.
Richard Bach

Fear is the moat full of alligators between you and (more…)

Tender Thoughts for Tough Times

January 27, 2009

two-women-joy-and-sorrowWhen life seems as arbitrary as a coin flip, remember that even if you cannot make heads or tails out of what is in front of you, your job is to search for the golden nugget of divine wisdom that always lies just beneath the details.

How we feel about a challenge depends completely on how we choose to look at it. We can call upon the best in us, or let it get the best of us.

Motivational pioneer Dale Carnegie observed that when we have identified and accepted the worst that can happen in a given situation, we have nothing more to lose, which automatically means that we have everything to gain.

It is always in our power to reframe a hardship so that we instantly transition from fearing the worst to expecting the best. (more…)