Are You Ordinary or EXTRAordinary??
By Jeff Earlywine
I have seen several posts on the internet lately about Colonel Sanders, the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken. Yes, his life is amazing. What he accomplished in the midst of all of the setbacks and defeats is nothing short of a miracle. You might have read a similar story about our sixteenth president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. But are there “real” people out there turning their ordinary lives into extraordinary lives? You bet there are, and they seem to have seven daily habits in common. But before I get to those common habits let me quickly tell you about two people.
One is my best friends is Barry Smith (not his real name). I have known Barry for over thirty years. He started his own business back in the early eighties and quickly became known as an expert in his field. Then his life took a real nose dive. He went through a very, very messy divorce. He lost everything. He had nothing but the clothes on his back, his knowledge of his trade, and a few friends and family that cared about him. At that time his kids didn’t even want to have anything to do with him. Furthermore, so much untrue gossip was being said about him he even began to lose his great reputation.
But Barry held on. He kept getting up every day. He continued to build his business and look for the positive in everything. Fast forwarding to today. He is a pillar in the community, has a loving family (even his kids have come back into his life). He has an amazing wife of over twenty years. He has built a business that has an equity of over $3 million dollars – and he is getting ready to sell.
Then there is Tonya Nichols. Like Barry, I could write a book about her. She is a single mom and has eight kids (that is right, eight). Four of them still live at home, and three of those are triplets. Could you imagine how many diapers that she has went through? The triplets are getting close to going off to college now, and that will leave her with a little two year old special needs baby girl that she recently adopted.
Now, don’t think for one minute that she sits at home, washes clothes and cooks for the family. She does do those things (and much, much more) but she also runs a very successful medical practice. She is now working on another advanced degree from a school you might have heard of; Harvard University. Tonya didn’t grow up with a silver spoon in her mouth. She was raped at a young age and had so many other emotional issues that it is a miracle that she didn’t check out of this world.
I have known those two people for many years, and I trust them with my life. But what habits do they apply to their lives every day that you can apply to yours and go from being ordinary to extraordinary??? To be extraordinary, as Barry and Tonya have found out, you must do something different. Below are seven habits that they would tell you to start applying to your life today.
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