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The economic crises is creating character

Character shaped by the storms
Character shaped by the storms
The Rock of Gibraltar after a storm - photo by Bryan Thomas

Contrary to what most people might think, the present economic crisis is actually a good thing, even if it doesn’t feel like it. Times like these make us look at how we have been living and cause us to make many positive changes in our lives. We waste less and value all that we have more. We have to be more creative in using our resources and developing our abilities to do more than we ever thought that we could. We have to be more disciplined in our lives than ever before, and we realize how much that we need each other. Yet, when we struggle day after day to make a living and keep our heads above economic waters, we may become discouraged and tempted to give up. When we feel like life's challenges have pushed us to our limits; when we grow tired in the struggle and feel like giving up, we need to remember something very important …

When we give up, we let everyone down … especially ourselves! Therefore, we cannot rest until we’ve done our best, and have nothing left to give.

Every time that we think we have done our best, we discover that we can still do better. When we feel that we have reached our limits, we learn that we actually haven’t even gotten close to them, but need to just dig deeper; focus on what is really important; and never give in to our self-pity, because giving in and giving up would have dire consequences for so many and for us personally.

If you have experienced difficulties in your life or business and even failure, don’t give up. Instead, get up, go back to the drawing board, then go out to tackle the world. Don’t just go out to make money. The world is waiting for you to make your mark and to make a difference.