92% of all people never achieve their goals in life: They often find themselves distracted, misguided, unmotivated, counter-strategic and overwhelmed - Dr Boyce Watkins
Those who are successful in life have three things in common: focus, persistence and patience. They simply do not quit chasing their big goals.
Putting this into context: Last week I read a news story written by Christian Simpson that was positive, uplifting and inspiring. Yeah, I know - a modern day miracle. It was about an exceptional champion from Birmingham, Alabama, called Walter Carr.
''Last week, Walter was due to start a new job with a house removal company. The night before his first day in the job, his car broke down. Now, for the vast majority of people, that would have been the end of it. They would have resigned themselves to their "fate", and allowed the conditions and circumstances to dictate their present and future. They would have phoned their new employee the next morning to explain why they would not arrive.
Not Walter. Oh no. This young man walked ALL NIGHT through the suburbs of Birmingham to where he needed to be - TWENTY miles away.
During his long journey, a police officer from the local Pelham police force pulled over to enquire what he was doing walking the streets, alone, in the early hours.
Impressed after checking out the young man's story, the officer took him for breakfast before, on Walter's insistence, he drove him to the house of Jenny Lamey, a customer of the removal company who was expecting to move home with their service that day.
When she opened the front door, the police officer explained he had picked up this "nice kid" in Pelham, and the "nice kid" (aka Walter) explained to Ms. Lamey he was supposed to help her move that day.
She offered him time to rest before the rest of the crew arrived, but Walter declined and got straight to work. Later, according to Ms. Lamey, when helping in her kitchen, he revealed how as a young boy his family had to move to Houston, Texas after their home in New Orleans was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
"I just can't tell you how touched I was by Walter and his journey", she wrote on her Facebook page.
"I can't imagine how many times on that lonely walk...in the middle of the night…did he want to turn back. How many times did he wonder if this was the best idea. But he walked until he got here! I am in totally in awe of this young man!" she proclaimed.
When interviewed by reporters, Walter Carr said: "This was the first job in a long time to give me an opportunity to get hired. I wanted to show them I got the dedication. I said I'm going to get this job done one way or another".
He then added: "I want people to know this - no matter what the challenge is, you can break through the challenge. Nothing is impossible unless you make it possible".
What a superstar. What a phenomenal attitude for a young man to have. I wish I knew him. Heck, I wish I had the guy on my team!
Mark my words, Walter Carr is going to be something. He's Elite in his consciousness. I understand he graduates in December from college after studying health sciences, and plans to join the US marines before returning to Birmingham to study physical therapy.
He'll knock it out of the park. When a winner's mentality is met with a winner's ambition, nothing can keep that winner from winning. It's a lawful process. Life brings to you what you bring to life.
The story's not over yet.
So moved were the public by Walter's dedication, an online campaign raised more than $8000 to get his car fixed before it was closed. It then reopened and by last week had raised more that $50,000. And it didn't end there either.
In an act of great leadership after hearing Walter's story, Luke Marklin, the Chief Executive of Bellhops (the removal company Walter had just joined) immediately drove from Tennessee to meet his new employee.
After chatting over a cup of coffee, Mr. Marklin handed Walter the keys to his own 2014 Ford Escape.
An emotional Walter looked in astonishment, and, tearing up, asked: "Seriously?" before hugging Mr. Marklin once he confirmed his offer was genuine.
The Chief Executive told reporters "I am honestly blown away by him. Everything he did that day is exactly who we are - heart and grit".
Ms. Lamey, the customer Walter had served that morning, was present as he received his gift. She told him: "You've changed all of our lives Walter. You have no idea how many lives you've changed and inspired. You're a very special young man and you're going to do great things. You already are."
Ain't that the truth. We could all learn a lesson or six from "Walter the champion"…and that's why I couldn't keep his story to myself."
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