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Daily Word: Be Not Ashamed of Your Difficulties!

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Greetings and salutations my troubled but normal!

Welcome to the best day of your life and the day that you realize that life isn't easy for those who dream! Today's daily word is dedicated to not being ashamed of your difficulties! There is a big misconception that makes it seem like those who are achieving greatness do not or have not struggled! Somehow many of us who are striving for our place in life get ashamed or embarrassed if we hit a temporary roadblock and have to struggle for a short while!

What we need to realize is that contrary to popular belief, struggle is part of the journey! It is a fact that two-thirds of Americans live paycheck to paycheck and out of those two-thirds, up to 17 percent make over $100,000 a year!

But it gets better...

Did you know that Oscar-winner Halle Berry once stayed in a homeless shelter in her early 20s? Or that billionaire author J.K. Rowling lived on welfare before creating the Harry Potter franchise? Or how bout my mentor and personal finance guru Suze Orman -- who is now worth approximately $25 million; did you know that she lived out of her van for four months? Stop being afraid to go through hardship, and know that it is not the end of the world. Two years ago, while chasing my dream I nearly lost my home to foreclosure but my understanding of my purpose kept me going! Never give permanent energy to temporary things! You can either live in fear or have faith but never both! Understand that even though things may look all good on the outside for some, it doesn't mean that they are... As Richelle E. Goodrich once said:

No one is without troubles, without personal hardships and genuine challenges. That fact may not be obvious because most people don't advertise their woes and heartaches. But nobody, not even the purest heart, escapes life without suffering battle scars.

Embrace your struggles and used them as the catalyst for greatness! Nothing can stop you but you! -- Ash'Cash

"If you would only recognize that life is hard, things would be so much easier for you." -- Louis D. Brandeis

"You're trying to escape from your difficulties, and there never is any escape from difficulties, never. They have to be faced and fought." -- Enid Blyton

"Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"When you go in search of honey, you must expect to be stung by bees." -- Joseph Joubert

"Do not let your difficulties fill you with anxiety, after all, it is only in the darkest nights that stars shine more brightly." -- Hazrat Ali Ibn Abu-Talib A.S

"If you aren't in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?" -- T.S. Eliot

"We are stronger than we think. We have emotional, spiritual and even physical resources at our disposal. We may get knocked down, but we must not stay down."-- Steve Goodier

"Life isn't about learning how to weather the storm. It's about learning how to dance in the rain." -- Vivian Greene

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Ash'Cash is a business consultant, motivational speaker, financial expert and the author of Mind Right, Money Right: 10 Laws of Financial Freedom. For more information, please visit his website.