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Uncompromised Life

by Alisa Princy (2020-03-30)

Take the time to stop and think Uncompromised Life Review about these lessons-do they resonate with you? What are your key truths about what fuels your passion for work? You can use the list above or create your own and use them as talismans to ward off the discouraging and overwhelming negative moments at work. "No pressure. No Diamonds." ~Mary Case Hello, my name is Jessica. I'm an entrepreneur. The process of admitting that and coming into that role has been one for me of continual moments of unfolding, unveiling and sometimes hard truth. At moments I've thought I was clear on what I'd been experiencing and where I was headed. I knew I was moving into my calling. In those moments, I felt bold, brave and unstoppable. I had endless energy and knew something great was in my future. After Elvis's first performance at the Grand Ole Opry, the general manager of the Opry told him that he should go back to driving a truck. As a sophomore in high school, Michael Jordan was cut from the varsity basketball team. Abraham Lincoln lost his bid for Congress three times before he was elected. And then he wasn't re-elected. Then, he ran for a Senate seat and lost. Then, he ran for Vice President...and lost. Thomas Edison went through 6000 prototypes before he created a working light bulb. Later, he said, "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." It took Henry Ford five years of failure before he succeeded in inventing his first self-propelled vehicle. It wasn't until seven years later and two failed businesses that he launched Ford Motor Company, where he and 2-3 other men worked on each car, one by one. At the Liverpool Institute High School for Boys, Paul McCartney auditioned for the Liverpool Cathedral choir and didn't get in because the school's music teacher didn't think he was good enough. McCartney is now listed in The Guinness Book Of Records as the most successful musician and composer in popular music history, with sales of 100 million singles and 60 gold discs. I see one common theme among all of these greats: each listened to his own voice, stayed true to his vision, and persevered in the face of criticism, active discouragement, rejection and total failure.