Success Secrets from a Blind, Disabled, Unstoppable Author
Do you know what comes before a successful businessman, a successful doctor, or a successful teacher? A successful human being. In order to be truly successful in life, you need to first establish three essential spiritual principles—your core values, gratitude, and faith—and these gems will help create a successful you.
Your Core Values Are Key
What qualities do you hold highest? What traits do you want to acquire and be known for? Think of what qualities are important to you, and then hold firm to them. Your values are what you will base your life’s decisions on, and they will guide you along the right path in life. Two plus two equals four. If you think that two plus two equals everything and anything, you’re bound to encounter problems in life.
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You form goals around your core values. For example, my value is goodness, so I make goals that will accomplish this. I will be satisfied with having achieved that value, if nothing else.
Nothing in life is ever guaranteed; everything you own—your car, your house, and even your friends and family—can be taken away. But nothing can take away your values, if you hold them dear. Think about this: No one can destroy your values unless you destroy them yourself.
Gratitude Or Appreciation Will Cushion You
Before we run into any obstacle, we first need to prepare ourselves for negative or challenging situations. We need a cushion on which we can fall back when we run into life’s hardships. Think about the acrobats performing in circuses; while they dazzle their audiences with their skills and agility, they have nets underneath them to catch them in case they fall. This is the kind of protection we need in life, so we will not get badly bruised if we crash. This cushion should be gratitude or appreciation.
Start everything with appreciation. Before you do anything new, say anything new, go anywhere new, meet anyone new, first appreciate your current state in every aspect. This acts as a cushion, in case what you do brings you to your original state. So if you could be thankful for now, when you return to now, you will be thankful that you have not lost anything and will be grateful for anything additional you gain. So it is vital to appreciate your situation at every stage of your life.
Faith Is Key To Success
The most important ingredient to success—and this is what really takes me far in life—is the deep, unwavering faith in Jehovah* God. (*taken from the Old Testament)
It is the faith in God that has allowed me to move forward, one sure step at a time, as I know He is there guiding me, supporting me, and loving me. Keep your faith strong and sturdy, and your steps will be strong and sturdy in turn.
Establishing and cultivating these three gems have allowed me to continually love the life I live, as a blind and physically disabled award-winning author, who dances with her heart despite seemingly insurmountable challenges. How would you like to dance along? Then embrace these priceless jewels to waltz to the music of life!
“Although I’m blind, I can see far and wide; even though I’m disabled, I can climb high mountains. I let my faith in Jehovah* God haul me high!”
* taken from the Old Testament
About the Author:
Shirley Cheng (born 1983), a blind and physically disabled award-winning author (with twenty awards, including nine Parent to Parent Adding Wisdom Awards), motivational speaker, self-empowerment expert, poet, author of nine books, contributor to Seventeen, and a parental rights advocate, has had severe juvenile rheumatoid arthritis since infancy.
Due to years of hospitalization, she received no education until age eleven. Back then, she knew only her ABC’s and very simple English; other than that, her book knowledge was non-existent. However, after only about 180 days of special education in elementary school, she mastered grade level in all areas and entered a regular sixth grade class in middle school. Unfortunately, Shirley lost her eyesight at the age of seventeen. After a successful eye surgery, she hopes to earn multiple science doctorates from Harvard University.
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