Gold! Gold! Piles of Gold!!

goldMy friend Sue is one of those women who appears to be fearless.  Well, that’s what it looked like at first glance.  What I later learned, as I grew to know her better, was that she was just as afraid as I was to try some new, daring, risky thing.  And actually, she was probably more afraid than I was. The big difference was that she didn’t let her fear stop her.  She just noticed her fear and charged on past it. 

Once I asked her why she did this – what was her payoff?  She replied, “Because it’s the best way I can learn about myself and how life works.  If I succeed, great!  I learn something.  If I don’t succeed, great again!  I learn something!”

Wow. Cool.

My suggestion is that EVERY time we take a risk and attempt something that “doesn’t work”, why not, instead of kicking ourselves, blaming someone else or dismissing it as a “fluke”, simply say, “Wow.  That experience was FOR ME!”  Then take a few minutes and determine what the learning was. 

I don’t know about you, but instead of repeating the same stuff over and over, I’d rather get the gold and move on. 

From Linda Larsen, your motivational speaker who is swimming in gold




Motivational Speaker Linda Larsen, CSP has been described by meeting planners and audiences as "hysterically funny," and "riveting." Known for her ability to connect on an authentic and emotional level with audiences, her spontaneous sense of humor, and her engaging and powerful stories, Linda is passionate about sharing ideas to help people live their finest, best, and most productive lives. Her riveting and true story of being kidnapped and held hostage at gunpoint by an escaped convict, and the strategies she used to escape, will give people the tools THEY need to rise above any of life's toughest challenges, to communicate more effectively with THEIR difficult person, and to find creative solutions to THEIR problems. To book motivational speaker, Linda Larsen: 941-927-4700

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  1. Could not agree more Linda!!! I'm finally learning that it's when I fall that I learn the most!!!! What a gift! Who knew?  YOU knew! Because you were the one who taught me that. Everyone should have a motivational speaker like you in their back pocket. You rock!

  2. Thanks Linda – I was just experiencing this with sending ideas on aging to my favorite motivational speakers thinking my nuggets of gold weren't as shiny as everyone else's.  Then, I thought whatever, if my thoughts can help stimulate other thoughts it can only help, right?  What's the harm? Thanks for reminding me, I'm not alone in the fear.

  3. Why does it take us so long to learn these things??  Can you imagine where we'd be (and who we'd be) if that was our take on life earlier on?  But then again, I wouldn't be sharing this wonderful blog with such wonderful, unique, real women, now would I?  We're all taking stabs at life and sharing what we're learning. Yay!!

  4. YES I've been fearing my own comedic contribution recently too Marilyn given the talent of such funny motivational speakers in our midst. But it's not going to stop me this time. You guys can just make fun of me behind my back :-).

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