Most of us have had times where we are done. Totally done. We don’t care things or at least one thing is so bad that it sinks us. if have you are reading this then some how got through or past that moment or situation. What did it for you? I want to hear about It . I’ll tell you why. Several things happened. You all know Gracie died and it was a challenging situation and time. She was like a daughter to me. Then today Frank Kern whom I must confess I almost never read his email had something amazing which I am sharing with you
Her name is Madam C.J. Walker and here she is:
And let me tell you, this lady could have …
Kicked All Of Our Asses …Combined!
First, the article in Oprah didn’t say much about her except that she became extremely successful selling hair products door-to-door.
All I can really remember is it had her picture and then it mentioned her success.
Now, being a former door-to-door man myself, I decided to check her out.
Here’s what I found:
First, she was born in Louisiana.
On a farm.
Not really an ideal time and place to be born if you’re:
- A woman.
- African American.
But she had plenty of additional challenges to face.
She was an orphan at age seven.
At age 14, she got married …reportedly to escape the abuse that she was suffering at the hands of her brother-in-law.
She became a mother at age 17, and a widow at age 20.
She supported herself and her daughter by picking cotton on a farm, by being a laundress, and by working in a barber shop. From what I can tell, the most she ever made during that time was $1.50 a day.
But It Got Worse
At around 25 years old, she began to develop a a condition that caused her to start balding.
Can you imagine? As if she didn’t have enough to deal with …now the poor lady’s hair is falling out.
(And we whine when our cell phone drops a call every now and then… kind of embarrassing.)
Here’s Where It Gets Good
It shouldn’t surprise you that she quickly became a student of “how to fix this damned balding problem”.
In fact, she researched all kinds of treatments, and eventually discovered that sulfur could abolish the scalp disease that was causing people to lose their hair.
(Apparently, people lost their hair a lot back then because they didn’t bathe as much. They would get some nasty scalp infection and their hair would fall out. But if you treated the problem with sulfur, you could knock it out.)
So she did the only logical thing to do, which was to start her own business …selling a product called “Madam Walker’s Wonderful Hair Grower”.
Keep in mind, she was just starting out and didn’t have a big budget (probably NO budget at all) so she had no choice but to …
Go Out, Grab The World By The Balls, And Bend It To Her Will!
And the first thing she did was to go door to door, selling her product.
Listen – nobody really embraces a door to door sales person with open arms these days, you know?
But imagine what it must have been like for Madam Walker in the racist and male dominated environment she was working in back then.
…That took some cojones.
How many times do you think she was rejected?
How many doors do you think were slammed in her face?
How many insults did she hear?
I’m willing to bet she even was threatened …regularly.
But did that stop her?
Not only did she survive …she thrived.
Mrs Walker hung in there and sold more products, developed new ones, and finally opened up a factory in Indianapolis.
By 1913, she was traveling around the world training other women to sell her products.
…And by the time she died in 1919 at age 51, she had become
The World’s First Female Self-Made Millionare!
Against incredible odds, wouldn’t you say?
Man – what a story.
Did I mention that her parents were former slaves? I don’t think I did.
So her story is amazing, and I think her success is largely due to one critical characteristic:
The Amazing Ability To Get Off Of One’s Ass And Get To WORK.
Seems we have a lack of that ability these days.
Think about it.
Then I went to read the Huffington post and it was about Arriana Huffington and Tony Robbins getting together to help Americans inspire each other. She just wrote a book and he is doing a series on NBC to help get people up and running after “tragedies”. This is the time to share our secrets with everyone who has lost or is loosing hope.
Hope is not something you can buy it is something we manufacture, we relate to , we change our way of seeing things and find new ways to do things. We see a problem of others and find a solution that will help them. We get bigger than our fears, our situations and see the vastness that is possible. That is what successful people do.
The first ingredient of that success is energy. You need this to have clarity, to have new ways to view life or a situation. You need energy to switch your groping sadness, or anxiety, or depression or…. to a voila!!! So what are you doing to get more energy? Truly tell me if you have some goodies I want to know.
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Look these times are challenging but that is what creates greatness. It is only what you do with the cow dung. Dry it and use it for fuel. Put it in your garden and help everything grow better. Extract the fluid for grey water and use the rest as compose. Or sit in it and get real stinky. There is a saying in Lyberia ” If a baby poops on your legs don’t cut your legs off clean your legs off.” Be the solution. Be the be light. Be the one. Use me I am here to be used who knows how much longer I will be here. We all act like we will always be here. We will be somewhere but not here.
Use me I am yours.
Love and Blessings