This picture is of the Temple of the Olympian Zeus in Agrigento, Sicily. Can you imagine the obstacles they faced building temples around 600 BC?
“Your initial idea may or may not work, but you have to remember that a failed idea is nothing but a stepping stone to a bigger success.” Naveen Jain
“The best way to treat obstacles is to use them as stepping-stones. Laugh at them, tread on them, and let them lead you to something better.” Enid Blyton, Mr. Galliano’s Circus
“Failure is not the end of the road, it’s a stepping stone to do better!” Hopal Green
“Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” Dale Carnegie
“Use missteps as stepping stones to deeper understanding and greater achievement.” Susan L. Taylor
So, please, tell me about yourself. Don’t think about it. Don’t formulate a long, trying-to-impress, response. What is your reaction to that answer which immediately pops into your head?
I was asked this question several years ago by a participant in one of my presentations. But then he also added, “How has this answer changed since your brain injury?” It made me think about it for the first time. How do I define myself? What was I like compared to the years before I had my stroke?
We evolve. It is logical. We will always evolve. That is life. But who are you today? What is it –what passion, what occupation, what hobby – what is it that defines who you are?
Is the answer to this questioning what you what it to be? If not, how can you grow into the person you foresee in your future? Defining who we are will certainly evolve over time. Sometimes we will lose the titles we have once bestowed upon ourselves. Press forward, work toward fulfilling your dreams. You have the power to create the person you dream of telling others about.
“I may not have gone where I intended to go,
but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.”
“I sometimes walk into walls.
I will never recognize who someone is.
Occasionally I still fall down
which only serves to remind me…
… that I am blessed.”
– Tara Fall, author, educator… and seizure, brain surgery, and stroke survivor