Several years ago, on a flight to Richmond, Virginia, I glanced out the airplane’s window and was inspired by the blue skies and white clouds to write the following:


What hurdles are high, what stands in your way,
What obstacles might, challenge you today.

The barriers, the pitfalls—they will always exist,
So pursue and destroy them, don’t you dare resist.

For you’ll soon discover and unequivocally find,
that the real power—is within your mind.

So confront your battles, there’s no time for remorse,
Let positive thoughts, help chart your new course.

Hardship and hurt may attack with surprise,
But the only tragedy, is if you choose not to rise.

Along your journey, you may hear rejection,
But your only foe, is your own reflection.

Listen to your heart, you have much to learn,
You have lives to influence and success to earn.

Be your most ardent supporter, your own best friend,
And the ladder of life, you will always ascend!


Jeff is a Hall of Fame speaker, best selling author, success coach, broadcaster and lawyer. His clients call him a “business-growth specialist.” If you hire speakers, please contact Sheryl Kantor at: 847.998.0688 or [email protected]. And visit to learn more about his other business-growth tools and to subscribe to Jeff’s FREE e-letter, The Results Report. Jeff’s Amazon bestselling books include; Stop Whining! Start Selling!, the 5th edition of Peak Your Profits and the recently published, (December, 2022), BULLSEYE! Hitting Your Targets at Home and at Work, which became a best seller within four days of its release. You can also stay connected with Jeff via Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter: @BlackmanResults

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