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Another Long Shot Beats The Odds

This is a true story. “Mine-That-Bird” was the name of the nag who left the gates at 50 -1 odds…and won The Kentucky Derby. Apparently, nobody told him or his jockey that 50 – 1 was just another way of labeling the beast a “loser.” “Mine-That-Bird” was not meant to win. He was meant to lose. He won.

How many of you reading this today are not feeling like “winners” at the moment?

Not because of who you are…but because of “circumstances” and “labels.” Maybe a past defeat took the wind out of your sails, and you are thinking about making a change in career paths. Why don’t we all stop horsing around and get this straight once and for all.

Other people don’t, shouldn’t, and can’t forecast your success. (But we allow them to.) You are the captain of your fate and in the travel industry you have no ceiling or limitations holding you back. The ball is in your court. Believe it.
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You are the jockey of your own horse. You want to win? Win.

You want to be a doormat? Be my guest.

You want to cry the blues and let the world know how unfair you have been treated? Tell someone who cares.

Stop allowing the news to dictate your future. People (many people) are going to continue running their lives…with or without your help. Why not become a positive part of the event? It is entirely up to you.

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“Mine-That-Bird” was purchased for less than $10K. The favorite was bought for over $3 million. The favorite did not win.

“Mine-The-Bird” won at 50 -1 odds. He was in twelfth place with a quarter of a mile to go. Which calls to mind a popular Yogi-ism: “It ain’t over til it’s over.”

Don’t tell me you can’t succeed in America today. Tell me you don’t want to succeed. Tell me you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth, and you just don’t want to run that long or that fast. Tell me it is December, and that you never have a good December. Just don’t tell me “you can’t.”

And while you are coming up with some lame excuse designed to make you sleep better at night, the next “Mine-That-Bird” will be blowing your doors off and bringing home the roses.

Today’s Message:
 When the gates open, it is anybody’s race. Remember “Mine-That-Bird,” and run for your roses.

Mike Marchev Mike Marchev has plenty of stories, strategies and tactics to keep you on top of your game.
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