You Have What it Takes

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You have what it takes to succeed.

I don’t know you, but I know that you have what it takes. How do I know this? Because five, ten, twenty or maybe thirty years ago, you accomplished the most difficult feat you ever attempted in your life.

You learned how to walk.

You might not remember, but you fell more times than you could count. You were embarrassed, people were laughing at you, and they patronized you left and right. And sometimes you fell so hard that the pain was worse than anything you’d ever experienced in your life. You had every reason to make excuses. Your diaper was too heavy. Your legs weren’t straight. You were too fat. Worst of all, no matter how much you wanted to ask for help, nobody understood you. And everyone who was trying to help you didn’t know how hard it was for you because they didn’t remember what it was like to be in your shoes. You had every reason to give up and you could have.

But you know what you did?

You got back up. And you kept going at it until you got it. And you were awkward and clumsy at first and you couldn’t really do it that well, but you kept at it. And guess what? You kept doing it over and over again, day after day, year after year, until you, my friend, became a master walker. But there was a time when you didn’t think you could ever do it.

So if you think you can’t do whatever it is that you’re trying to do now, remember this—if you had what it took to learn how to walk, then you have what it takes to do this.


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