I love the stories of great people who have persevered and done great things, in spite of difficulties and failure, and this motivates me to keep going. I would like to share some of their stories with you so that you can also be inspired be an overcomer, even in the midst of hardship.
I’ll start with one of my modern-day heroes of the faith, George Verwer, the founder of Operation Mobilization.
I used to live what I considered a very ordinary life. I had “ordinary” dreams. George Verwer is the founder of Operation Mobilization (OM). He describes himself as “an extremist on balance” yet he is an extraordinary man with a remarkable energy and passion for Jesus and for those who haven’t yet heard about their need for a Savior. George taught me through his teaching that failure something that every Christian experiences. Thanks to the provision that Jesus Christ has made for us through his death on the cross, his resurrection and his victory over sin, we can share in that victory. For a Christian, failure is never the last word. You can learn more about George Verwer by visiting www.georgeverwer.com/.
Mark Victor Hansen is the co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. He’s sold over 110,000,000 copies of his books, is a big-idea thinker, a philanthropist, and a great motivational speaker. He’s great at inspiring other people to dream big dreams. But did you know that his book, the original “Chicken Soup for the Soul” got turned down 144 times? Can you imagine facing rejection 143 times and still have the courage and the tenacity to try again? He reported once that he received a letter from a publisher that stated, “This book will never sell” and he keeps it framed in his office. That failure (on the part of the publisher) cost them several hundreds of millions of dollars. And Mark used that letter to drive himself forward to keep trying.
Mark Victor Hansen
Today, obviously, Mark Victor Hansen’s life has changed. From worldwide name recognition to international keynotes to the accolades of corporate clients, celebrities and millions of fans worldwide, Mark Victor Hansen is living the life of a wildly successful professional speaker, writer and entrepreneur. He has built an entire speaking and writing empire spanning more than 100 different audio programs, training videos, books, articles, e-books, special reports and licensed products.
But did you also know that just 25 years ago, Mark was bankrupt from a failed business? With no money down and even fewer resources, he found the determination and energy to create the kind of speaking and infopreneurial (that is, information entrepreneurial) empire most people only dream about. Today he is a household name, seen by millions on television shows and platforms around the world. You can learn more about Mark by visiting his website at www.markvictorhansen.com.
Have you ever had a great idea and shared it with someone, only to hear them respond with criticism? Unfortunately, we live in a world full of criticism. If you are like me, you might have received a lot of criticism from your family. Even if a relative just rolled their eyes at you, that’s a powerful negative communication that tramples on your idea. We are often told to be positive with our critique—find the good things first, before bringing up the negative. In the reality of everyday life, many people jump straight to the negative. That’s why I believe we need to continually feed ourselves a healthy dose of success stories … and be the person that is generally positive towards the ideas of others.
At this link is a great list of winners by Benny Hsu. These are inspiring stories that keep us motivated. Read these stories, and as you do, reflect on the two examples already mentioned, identify the obstacles that each person had to face on their path to success and then show how they overcame them. Fill out the Excel spreadsheet (3 Traits to Be an Overcomer) with 10 of the examples of your choice, then identify three traits that you believe you’ll need to be an overcomer.