Success and Perseverance

Every success has its secrets. We better achieve our goals by learning from others. Jamaicans can sit at the feet of this teacher. The world is doing so.  They have done it for Garvey,  Marley, George Headley and others. But we have forgotten them quickly! Let it not be so.

See this article for lessons from one of Jamaica’s finest: Success depends on your hard work – Usian Bolt

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No legs? no problem ! – Overcoming disability

 

Clarendon farmer Andrew Nelson, who was born without legs, shows off his tree-climbing skills in Simon, Clarendon, yesterday.

The challenges with regards to most disabilities whether physical or mental is that they are permanent and lifelong.

Members of the community of disabled persons dislike being referred to as “handicapped”.  Though one may lack the full extent of certain abilities, this does not have to severely ” handicap” one’s overall progress in life.

Through developing certain qualities a disabled person can unleash his or her potential to complete most of the tasks of life adequately – even as much as a fully able person.

Andrew Nelson was born without legs 42 years ago, yet for most of his life he climbs trees and does farming as well as landscaping.

His passion for and practice of farming started as early as 5 years old. Instead of giving up, he observed other persons practicing their craft.

Mr.Nelson  refuses pity and does not see himself as being any less than his peers. At the same time, he welcomes the inner strength that comes from his encouraging friends.

His motto is: “There are chances in life that will make you successful. Think about things carefully before you give up. “

Whatever ability you may be deficient in, try to follow the example of Andrew Nelson.

No legs? No problem!

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http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/lead-stories/20200606/no-legs-no-problem-andrew-nelson-making-light-work-lifes-challenges

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Overcoming the Power of Negative words

 

When persons to whom we look to for guidance and mentorship feedback tells us that “you will come out to nothing” this is one of the worst ways of damaging someone’s self-esteem. This can cause a deep sense of worthlessness. The individual  come to believe that nothing is worth trying because the “prophesied” failure seems  inevitable. Nevertheless, a wonderful  truth is that everyone is born with great inner potential. Each person has a special gift. The duty of parents, guardians, teachers and other mentors is to help each person to recognize their potential and gifts. They should work with each individual to nurture the untapped potential within them.

These are the lessons that we can learn from Ms. Shawna Kay Williams-Pinnock they are found in a  letter she wrote to the editor in the Jamaica Observer entitled “Challenge ‘you will never come out to nutten’. (see the link below)

Let each of us be careful of what words we say to those over whom we have influence. Words can make or break a person. As well word can ensure success.

Ms. Williams- Pinnock was gracious enough to share about all the people who had positively influenced her total transformation. As shared, she was fortunate enough to have at least twelve (12) persons who contributed positively to her life development.

We may not recognize the number of persons that we will influence for good or evil as we express our opinions about them.

 

http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/letters/challenge-you-will-never-come-out-to-nutten-_193542

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Breaking Social Barriers to Success

From Poverty to two academic degrees 

Inner- resilience can help anyone to break certain barriers of poverty which can affect succeeding generation.

Despite the fact that Ms. Jody-Ann Pottinger was pregnant twice before the age of 21 growing up in a rural community, facing daily hunger as well as a  period of homelessness. She worked assiduously to gain two university degrees which has lead her to her career path of  being  a teacher and an entrepreneur.

Aspects of Ms. Pottinger’s resilience included:

  • Facing herself despite family and community backlash
  • Hard work and determination
  • Trust in God
  • Having neutering support where “one hand washes the other” and being part of a supportive church community.

Our circumstances don’t have to define all of us. All of us have inner potential for success.

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http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/outlook/20200412/breaking-barriers-one-degree-time

 

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Personal development coaching for empowerment

Althea Laing

The best way to help enable self-empowerment by other persons is to add value to their lives through personal development coaching .This is exactly what Althea Laing, past teacher and one of Jamaica’s previous outstanding models has done.

Being a coach and role model helps to give others the tools to do well in life.  Very important aspects include building motivation, confidence as well as skills such as public speaking, posture, poise, social speaking and etiquette.

The truly empowered person will have the grace to talk with kings and the humility to be the brother or sister of the poor.

Althea Laing has devoted much of her life and her personal finances to empowering young women through these means.

The article below shares about her methods and  the success of persons who have benefited from her contribution.

May each one of us find someone whom we can coach to make a better way in life.

 

http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/flair/20190617/poised-greatness-althea-laing

 

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Turning Adversities into Service

 

Dr. Turner Pryce who recovered from Stage 2 invasive breast cancer did not go under in despair. She turned adversity into service to help others in similar situations. The lessons we learn from her experiences include;

  • Being Solution Oriented
  • Being prepared to do one’s research for better service even to the point of gaining suitable qualifications if necessary
  • Sharing the positive  results of  healthy lifestyle changes with others .
  •  Dr. Turner Pryce made promoting healthy lifestyles into a business. She showed enterprise and innovation in sharing. All of us do not necessarily have to go into businesses but we can still display these qualities in other ways as we help others.
  • Developing her own lifestyle changes including attending self-help or gymnasium-based classes.

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http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/breast-cancer-survivor-turns_172333?profile=1373

 

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Be an Active Father and Mentor

 

 

Having  the experience of  a caring, mentoring and exemplary father is important to one’s emotional development. It can “make” rather than  “break” a person. Even if one has not had close relations with a biological father, finding a father figure in one’s family, community or church could be helpful.

In the article below, we read about how Mr. Jayson Downer went through a very traumatic experience due to not having the presence a male figure in his early life. Yet he learnt from his experiences and as a result he is committed to making a difference in promoting mentorship for young men today. Mr. Downer describes his mentorship approach as helping each young man to become the best versions of themselves rather than trying to get them to become more like him.

Mentorship is an activity which can take place in almost any setting. So let those of us who are fathers seek to be the best father we can. Those who have a lack of an appropriate father-child experience seek to find a mentor where you can. The challenge is for all of us to do what we can to be a mentor in some way to a younger person who can benefit from the knowledge and experiences that we can share.

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http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/all-woman/mr-downer-s-advocacy-aw-poll_179784?profile=1606

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Empowerment by Starting Small

 

The Majority of people of African descent came to the Caribbean through slavery. It therefore means  that for these persons life has been a struggle of social mobility starting from the plantation. In one sense, the story of the majority Jamaicans is one of how to break the glass ceiling of poverty in order to have a meaningful and fulfilling life.

This is a journey of empowerment.

In Omar Richardson’s own such journey he was prepared to achieve the opportunity to enroll in college by any honest means possible. This included including becoming a street sweeper.

Lessons learn from Omar’s experience include the following:

  • He has been  industrious in his work.
  • He was not embarrassed to do what seems menial  while being a student.
  • Even though he is a third-year marketing students he still will sweep the street if the need arises. He does his work with pride.
  • He focuses on careful planning of his time and habits which has ensured a balanced life and academic success.
  • Omar in his ambitious has sought multiple means of earning.
  • As someone else said about him “not withstanding the impediments, struggles and difficulties that comes with being a student. He understands hard work is what is necessary to become successful”.

The difference between the plantation and success is the power of internal motivation, determination and vision. This is in contrast to outer shame,  lack of confidence and a sense of powerlessness.

 

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No matter what your original circumstances in life are do not let it limit your goals for the future

This is the story of Dr. Diane Thompson the medical director of the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) in New York, and an assistant professor of clinical physical medicine and rehabilitation at CUMC. She is triple board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, brain injury medicine and lifestyle medicine, and is the author of two books.

She came to into this world from a mother who was pregnant at 15, who got kicked out of her home and also dropped out of school.

These are some lessons to be learnt from Dr. Thompson’s experience:

1) Rather than going under, Dr. Thompson use her childhood experience of asthma to motivate her to become a doctor.

2) At different stages of her life she kept visualizing how she could make this dream become a reality.

3) She was even prepared to work as a live-in helper and to work over 70 hours per week.

4) When she could afford her education, she caught up by taking extra classes during the summer .

5) She aimed for the highest and got to be in the top 1% of her class.

6)  Even though she started with nursing and became a professor. Her life goals propelled her to persist beyond that so she went on to do medicine.

7) Apart from this,  surmounted several barriers to get into medical school.

7)This doctor and publish author now gives back to others by promoting healthy lifestyles in her work.

Read the story of her journey below.

http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/all-woman/diane-thompson-_167328?profile=1606

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Becoming empowered to empower others.

Even if one has made the wrong turn in life and has suffered the consequences,  it is never too late to become empowered in order to empower others.

Imagine someone imprisoned for murder being a mentor to a young person who is now a doctor.

Some lessons learnt from this reported experience include:

  • There are always children or adolescents who are suffering from family neglect or abuse and need empowerment.

 

  •  There is need for more restorative justice in our correctional services. Here, persons in prison who show promise can be allowed special privileges to empower others as part of their rehabilitation.

 

  • For those who have made errors. It is vital to help them study and understand the law. Thus they can better keep within the law when they go back in Also they will know how to use the law to  protect themselves and others from stigma and a removal of their human rights. Mr. Muir was an advocate for inmates learning to read and getting to know the law.

 

Let us never write off persons that have committed a crime and subject them to a destructive path or punishment. Remember it is NEVER too late . So let us advocate for prison reform and enabling ex-convicts to empower others.

 

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https://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/inmate-mentored-11-year-old_161494?profile=1606

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Overcoming the Odds to Help Other do the Same

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The story of Paul Blake seems miraculous! He was someone who was called a “dunce” as a child because he was a slow learner. Despite this, he has ended up running a company “Words Worthit Motivational Speaking and Training Co. Ltd ” From that platform he seeks to help persons move themselves from assuming failure to being successful.

Some of the lessons  that we can learn from his experience include;

  • Utilize the empowerment of spiritual faith.
  • Being part of a fellowship in a faith community will enable other  persons  to encourage you.
  • Develop your potential through adequate education & training.
  • Strive for excellence in your personal development.
  • Paul Blake says “ People can change the course of there lives by learning how to channel there energy into positive thinking.

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http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/news/20181201/paul-blake-dunce-motivational-speaker-and-counsellor

 

 

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