During our lifetime we have a handful of times when success is within our grasp.  We need to recognize our opportunity to succeed might be as simple as allowing those who know how to help others succeed should help us too.  They are dedicated to opening doors that are normally locked to us.  

     My book The Madhouse Projects started out as an entry in a writing contest in 1992.  It didn’t win the million dollar prize.  But after making some changes, I submitted the book to a publisher who was willing to publish it.  But the only promotion the company did for the book was showing the cover along with s bunch of other covers in a literary magazine.  

     When Readers Magnet came along and a representative said the company wanted to publish it, I took a chance and sent the book to the company to see if it wanted to publish it.  It is now the publisher and I am expecting great things in the future thanks to grabbing the chance to succeed when it was offered.  

     Too many people seem to fear failure because they are afraid they will be destroyed.  I’ve been rejected often.  But if I feared failure, I wouldn’t have sent the first draft of my book to the initial contest.  I wouldn’t have sent it to the previous publisher to make it available to the reading public.  

     If you have something you want people to know, don’t be afraid to share what you know or think they should consider with them.  A lot of people have plenty of ideas.  But they don’t know how to express those ideas or they fear rejection.  But if you consider that many successful people have experienced more than their share of failure before succeeding, rejection becomes the refining fire that burns away our mistakes and toughens us to face future trials that lay before us before we can obtain success.  

     Just wanting to succeed is not enough.  You need to believe in what you are doing and infect others with your dreams.  If you aren’t confident in what you believe, how can you expect others to embrace what you believe?  Back in college, one of my professors complained that I spoke too confidently about what I believed and promoted.  But if I didn’t believe in what I said, why should I expect others to believe in what I said?  Some of my ideas might not become reality in my lifetime if at all.  But if in a century what I wrote about is proven true, I might not enjoy the honors that are accorded to successful people.  But I will be successful.  If half of what I write about becomes reality, that is far more than what others afraid to express themselves can claim as successes.  

     If you saw the movie Walk The Line, you remember the time when Johnny Cash went to Sun Records to record a song and maybe become successful like Elvis.  He sang a Christian song that was nice.  But the record producer knew he had something better to offer.  He told him to sing a song that if it was the only song he wanted someone to hear, what would it be?  That is when he sang Folsom Prison Blues.  That song started his career.  

     If what you want the world to know is important to you, let the world know.  And don’t worry about scoffers.  In 1974 I talked with the head or surgery at the Cox Medical Center in Springfield, Missouri about two things; intrabody nerve transplants and the nerve bypass that would allow people with paralysis to function normally again.  I have written about nerve bypass units ever since .  The doctor didn’t believe it was possible to transplant a nerve from one part of the body to another part and didn’t believe the nerve bypass was possible either.  Since then, surgeons have transplanted a nerve from one part of the body to another part.  Who says the nerve bypass won’t become reality in the future? 

     If the right people read what I have written are inspired to make my ideas reality, I will have succeeded.  But if I was afraid of failure, ironically, I would fail.  I might not be right all the time.  But if I never let the world know about what I want it to know, it will be as if I never existed.  Being right 10% of the time and the world knows what is right is much better than being right 100% of the time but the world doesn’t know it.  A successful person is willing to be wrong if he is credited for being right when he is right.  The journey to success may be long and tough.  But the rewards are worth it once you arrive at success.  You just need to start the journey.  

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