Strength and courage in hard times

Covid -19 has led to the dramatic loss of human life and slowed down the global economy. Thousands of people are sick and have lost their jobs.

According to WHO tens of millions of people are at risk of falling into extreme poverty, while the number of undernourished people, currently estimated at nearly 690 million, could increase by up to 132 million by the end of the year.

Sometimes it seems that the world is not a nice place to live in. It has so many defects, problems and it’s not at all perfect. This is a brutal truth about life that some people refuse to accept. You have no control over many of the things that happen to you. But this is what you have and you cannot make any changes in it no matter how much you try. When going through mental, physical or financial problems this question often arises in our mind…” Is Life Worth Living”.

In reality, there are many things in life you have zero control over. But this is what you have got and only you can make changes and modify it in the best version of itself. So first step to do it is to have a positive mindset. I know things will not change quickly. All you can control is your effort and your attitude. 

Challenging situations and obstacles are a part of life. When you are faced with one try to focus on good things in your life, no matter how small they are. I am sure if you try to find it you can always find a silver lining in a cloud. If you have someone in your life who can make you smile think of him and thank him from the depth of your heart.

Read stories about people who were raised from rags to riches. Inspirational stories can tremendously boost your confidence.

Here I would like to share a real-life story.

We all know the persona behind the multinational fast food joint KFC Colonel Sanders.

He was not born rich. At age 5 his father died. At age 16 he quit school. At age 17 he had already lost four jobs. At age 18 he got married. He joined the army and washed out there. At age 20 his wife left him with their baby.

 He became a cook in a small cafe and convinced his wife to come back home. At age 65 he retired and received his first social security check which was for $105 only.

 He felt like a failure and decided to commit suicide. He sat writing his will, but instead, he wrote what he would have accomplished with his life and thought about how good of a cook was he. This thought changed his mind and he decided to give his skills a chance.

 So he used those $105 which he received from his social security. Fried up some chicken using his recipe, went door to door to sell. With little means at his disposal, he travelled door to door to houses to restaurants everywhere in his local area. He wanted to partner with someone so he could promote his fried chicken recipe. Needless to mention, he was met with little enthusiasm.

Colonel Sanders started travelling by car to different restaurants and cooked his fried chicken recipe on the spot for the restaurant owners. If the owner liked the chicken, they might enter into a handshake agreement to sell the Colonel’s chicken. Legend has it that before having his first “yes” he heard 1009 “no”s.

It is amazing how the person started at the age of 65, when most retire, and built an empire out of fried chicken. $105 was just the start of his international fame and financial success story…

 At age 88 Colonel Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken(KFC) Empire was a billionaire.

Hence everyone can take a lesson from this story. Whatever the circumstances are…YOU HAVE TO BE POSITIVE.

When your mind is optimistic, you are better ready to handle stress in a more constructive way. No matter what the problem is, mental physical or financial, every problem has a solution. It’s just a matter of time. Don’t lose your heart if you face failures. 

Sometimes, all you can control is your effort and your attitude. When you put your energy into the things you can control, you’ll be much more effective. You can’t force your spouse to change, you can’t prevent a storm from happening, and you can’t control how other people feel.

“Remember: Every champion was once a contender that refused to give up.” – …

Life is precious, be safe, be happy, be positive and success will be all yours.😊😊

None of the blogs or opinions expressed within is meant as advice to you or anybody else on any matter, including but not limited to, personal finance, health, or other matters of life. If you need advice, speak to a professional!

Published by Anita Vij

A caring mother of 2. A loving wife. An aspiring individual who wishes to share her life-long learnings with the rest of the world.

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