Motivational Message of the Day – Take the Shot!

I recently became a huge fan of our local library.  While everyone in the world and their brother has an IPad or Kindle for electronically reading downloadable books, I discovered I can go to the library and check out books AND DVD’s for free!  Since Netflix totally disappointed me with offerings of movies that no one had ever heard of, I welcomed the chance to get DVD’s for free.  So last night we had some movies and books to return and pick up when I asked Frenchie what time our library closed.  He said , “7:00. We’ll never make it.”  Well, being the eternal optimist (hence choosing the profession of a motivational speaker) I said, “Let’s go for it!”  We had 6, 7 or 8 minutes.  (depending on which clock I believed as I scanned the clocks on the microwave, stove, wall, and my watch – all set to different times of course!) Frenchie is NOT the motivational speaker in the family and thought ‘what’s the use, we’ll never make it.’  But I persuaded him for us to go for it anyway!  Wasn’t it the great hockey player, Wayne Gretzky who said ‘You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.’?  Off we cruised to the library knowing that if the one light separating our neighborhood from the library was red, we were screwed.  Frenchie still wasn’t convinced we would make it until I told him of my airport story that still blows me away.  I was traveling to Seattle for a meeting and I booked the cheaper flight in the afternoon and went really early in the morning to fly standby on the  more expensive flight.  I just knew that if I went early enough, they would grant me a seat.  (Trust me, I don’t use this method anymore. Oh how times have changed!) However, I didn’t bank on the 11 other people who thought the very same thing.  Sitting in the waiting area while the early flight was boarding, I kept thinking positive – I just knew I would make it on this flight.  When they boarded everyone, the gate agent announced that the flight had checked in full, so all standby passengers should immediately check in for the next flight to Seattle at a completely different gate – and then they did it. They shut the door!  I was shocked!  I was so sure I was going to get on that flight!  And, I knew, when they shut the door, that’s not a good sign.  Even if you have a confirmed seat and they shut the door, it’s not likely that they will open it.  Well, I just sat there.  All the other standby passengers dutiful left to the new gate and I just sat there, still in shock.  Just me and the gate agent finishing her paperwork.

Then it happened.  The door opened again!  A flight attendant was escorting a female passenger OFF the flight!  I didn’t hesitate – I jumped up and asked the gate agent, ‘Can I have her seat?’ She reminded me that I was #12 on the standby list.  We both looked around, and I was the only person left in the gate area, so she looked at me, handed me a ticket, and said go for it!  I was so happy!  I kept thinking, I made it!  I knew I would!  I took my middle seat toward the back of the plane, really really excited to make the flight.  Then I got curious and asked my seat mates, ‘So, what happened to the woman that was sitting here?’ They told me she was taken off the plane because of being drunk and disorderly!  At 7:00 in the morning!

I know that thinking positive is not what got me on that plane.  But, it’s a reminder that sometimes when you are positive about what it is that you want, and you go for it, luck sometimes comes your way.  I reminded Frenchie of this story as we made it through the light and whipped into the parking lot of our library.  I ran inside to the security guards telling me ‘You made it by 25 seconds.’  Of course I did!  I took the shot!

From your eternal optimist who needs to synchronize her clocks motivational speaker, Marilyn Sherman


Marilyn Sherman, CSP is a Front-Row Leadership Expert helping people get out of the balcony and get a front-row seat in life. For over 20 years she has inspired audiences with topics on Visioning, Goal Achievement and having a No More Excuses attitude! Check out her fun, dynamic style at

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  1. Ha ha ha!!  I LOVE this story, Marilyn!  That is SO something I would do!  Good for you for being that eternal optimist!  And, btw, I don’t know if you should change your clocks or not.  Mine are all different and because I can’t remember which ones I have “set ahead” (to keep me on time), I almost HAVE to go by the earliest one!  It kind of works. Sometimes….

  2. I’m glad I’m friends with you, Marilyn. I have a feeling that you will be a constant encouragement for me. Thank you for reminding me to get off my butt and go.

  3. Marilyn, I could feel the excitement in the car as you drove to the library! The plane story is hilarious. What wonderful stories to illustrate the power of positive thinking AND taking action. Score!

  4. Hurray!! Keep spreading that great message and all of us optimists will change the world into an even better place one day!

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