Staying Strong and Winning at Life

Sometimes we need a little help to get us up and out the door, especially at the start of the work week.  More importantly we have to start strong so that we can keep going strong and ultimately stay engaged and in the game until the end of the week. I find it useful to have some strong messages in my head that keep me on point and I like to take the opportunity to share a few with those who read this. Feel free to share it with as many people as you wish.  We all need to keep our game up.

  1. Quotation from the series Scandal:

You don’t get to run. You’re a gladiator. Gladiators don’t run. They fight, they slay dragons, they wipe of the blood, they stitch up their wounds and they live to fight another day. You don’t get to run.

Remember that the next time you are facing a tough day or a big challenge at work or in your personal life. You don’t get to run. You grow from the fight, you learn new skills and new capabilities. You learn how to cope and how to survive. You get none of that from avoiding the challenge. Plus, you never get the chance to eventually remove the challenge, whether as a result of you outgrowing it, changing your perspective or simply kicking its butt. So no, you don’t get to run.

  1. Quotation from Wall Street:

Greed, in all its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, for knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind.

Ambition is natural. To want more, to want to do more, serve more, give more or become more is not wrong. To want to be a better person or a better parent or a person with more money or a better house of car is not inherently wrong.  What is wrong is when we let it overwhelm us and make us lose sight of everything else in pursuit of it.  So remember that striving to be better, to work harder, to become more efficient or productive is a good thing. Just remember why you want it so bad.

  1. Quotation from the Pursuit of Happyness:

Don’t ever let somebody tell you that you can’t do something.

Most of us are surrounded by well-intentioned people who want to protect us and keep us safe.  For most of them, they can’t see how you could possibly achieve what you are dreaming about and they don’t want you to suffer the pain of disappointment. So don’t get mad at them. Just recognize that they don’t understand and they can’t help you because they can’t see your path. So learn to look elsewhere for your support and encouragement and remember that “if you got a dream, you have got to protect it.” And “If you want something, go get it.” Your friends and your family members’ negative opinions of you or your chances to succeed, do not have to become your reality.

  1. Quotation from Forrest Gump:

Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you are going to get.

This is especially true when it comes to opportunities.  Most chances to learn something, experience something good or grow and become better often don’t come with an announcement.  In fact, most opportunities come disguised as hard work. So you have to be willing to pick one and go with it, you can’t always tell from the outside whether the inside is worth it or not. Either way, you are living and if you are lucky, you’re eating chocolate.

So remember that the important thing is to keep going.  Keep putting one foot in front of the other and keep moving forward.  Eventually you will build momentum and then look out world, because here you come. However, for right now, get up. It’s Monday and you’ve got things to do.


Marjorie Wharton is a trainer, facilitator and coach who works with individuals and organizations to help them improve their performance.  She is based at the Sagicor Cave Hill School of Business in Barbados. Follow her on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.  For more of her writing visit




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