Every successful person has a painful story. Every painful story has a successful ending. Let us accept the pain and get ready for success. We are only as strong as we allow ourselves to be. Let us never get discouraged, never give up because consistency and dedication are the keys to success.

A tree that wants to touch the sky must extend its roots into the earth. The more it wants to rise upwards, the more it has to grow downwards. So to rise in life, we must be down to earth, humble and grateful.

Almost every successful person begins with two beliefs: that the future can be better than the
 present, and he/she has the power to make it so. I have learned that successful people are humble and never think they are better than anyone else. The secret is to live a humble life that pleases God, not people. Life is surrounded by people who judge us day in and day out. They will talk about us when we succeed and laugh at us when we fail. They can make us or break us. We can love, we can counterfeit faith, we can counterfeit hope and the other graces, but it is very difficult to counterfeit humility.

I have also learned to be grateful for all my blessings and to accept everything, even my problems, with joy, hope and positive attitude for they opened my eyes to the good things I was not paying attention or took for granted before. Yes, happiness comes a lot easier when we stop complaining about our problems and start being grateful for all the problems we donít have.

So when life seems like it is falling apart, let us not forget to count our blessings. Whenever we are feeling down, we often lose sight of what we have to be thankful for in our life. But if we just opened our eyes, we would see that life is not so bad after all. It is the small things that count.

 By Tim Pedrosa

                                   KEYS TO SUCCESS

  Build high self-esteem Believe in yourself, have confidence, like and feel good about yourself, take pride in what you do.

  Focus with a positive attitude Always expect the best possible outcome for what you do. ...

  Set powerful goals Give your brain a place to aim. ...

  Persevere Never quit.