You Show Them.

I’ve noticed a pattern where people who are disadvantaged in some way seem to achieve success.

Maybe they were born in humble beginnings.

Or that they meet a major obstacle in life.

They are made redundant.

Experience cut backs in their job.

Research has shown that a large percentage of children without fathers achieve success in their lives.

Even those who meet bankruptcy make a successful comeback to live another day.

Or those who meet with a major disaster recover to meet with success.

Creator of ‘Star Wars’ George Lucas suffered a major racing car accident before deciding to create the now famous series.

Tom Jones worked in the coal mines when a serious illness caused him to take up a singing career.

Multi-Emmy winner Ella Fitzgerald lived in an orphanage when changing from a dancer to a singer at an amateur talent show.

Seems to me there’s a strong sense of “I’ll show them” in all of these cases.

In disadvantage, in defeat, in a setback in life, I sense a strong reaction of “I’ll show them”.

Whether conscious or unconscious.

The same with me after my freelance business went bankrupt.

My story is here if you want to read it.

(That’s the book above).

Why not write your own story,

Go on you show them.

Love and peace.

Neil the Smith.

PS. I’ll show them by writing these autobiographical books (visit here).

Does Destiny Play a Part in our Fortunes?

When famous popular and jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996) entered an amateur talent show at the Globe Theatre in New York she entered as a dancer, changed her mind, and won the $25 first prize as a singer.

She went on to a singing career lasting 6 decades winning 13 Emmys and earning the title of ‘First Lady of Song’.

At the time she was 18 years of age and living in an orphanage.

She was a favourite singer in my youth.

Did her destiny step in and invite her to change her mind at the last minute?

Was she being drawn to becoming a famous and successful singer and not a dancer?

When George Lucas was recovering from a bad racing car accident he began to conceive his ideas for ‘Star Wars’ after reading Joseph Campbell’s book ‘The Hero With a Thousand Faces’.

I’m sure you know the rest.

Did the disaster he suffered in his racing car career lead him to his fame as the creator of ‘Star Wars’?

In the world today we tend to try to hold on to the past when it’s taken from us.

The same happened to me when my freelance copywriting career of 10 years was taken from me in bankruptcy.

I survived to become an author and to live a happier life.

Is this the working of destiny?

What happens when the unexplainable redirects our lives to go the way we never intended?

I wonder, is that destiny?

Does it have our best interests at heart?

But then, don’t we have free will, to go in whatever direction we choose?

Maybe we have both.

And we can choose.

Which is free will.

I’m not suggesting you should abandon a good idea you’ve already started.

But then, to keep an open mind to opportunities in other directions that present themselves just when you’re feeling dejected about losing something you’ve already started.

“I just trust my beeps,” said the winner of a creativity business award recently.

Maybe we should always trust our beeps.

Here is what the Greek philosopher Plato had to say about our destiny.

Clearly he believed that we chose our destiny ourselves before we are born.

This extract is from his ‘Republic’:

“Now, when all the souls had chosen their lives in the order of the lots, they advanced in their turn to Lachesis, who dispatched with each of them the Destiny he had selected, to guard his life and satisfy his choice . . . and in a moment the souls were carried up to their birth, this way and that, like shooting stars.”

I invite you to read more about how my life changed after everything crashed and burned in my book ‘Man Steps Off Planet’.

Best wishes and good fortune.


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Are We Really Meant To Live Twice?

How much truth was there, I wonder, in the title of the James Bond book and movie ‘You Only Live Twice‘?
This was Ian Fleming‘s last completed James Bond book before he died so was he trying to leave us with an important message?
So many famous people have lived 2 lives in one.
George Lucas was a racing car driver before he was involved in a serious crash when, during a long period of recovery, he conceived the idea of ‘Star Wars’. While reading Joseph Campbell’s best selling book ‘The Hero With a Thousand Faces’, he began to create his concept of ‘Star Wars’.
Singer Tom Jones launched his singing career after his lungs became infected with the coal dust he was breathing as a coal miner.
And Ella Fitzgerald was an orphan living in an orphanage in Harlem when, at the age of 18, she entered a talent quest as a dancer and, at the last minute, decided to sing instead. She won the grand first prize of $25 and went on to win 13 Grammy Awards over a singing career spanning 60 years.
They are just the famous people we know.
What about the ordinary people like you and me?
Don’t some of us face a second life, which we call Mid Life Crisis?
For 30 years I was an advertising copywriter until fate stepped in and my freelance business of over 10 years went bankrupt and shot me into my second life as a new man.
What about you?
Is your destiny urging you to break out of a life you no longer relate to?
Do we become free to follow our passion, our destiny, later in life?
Maybe you could think about whether your second life is waiting for you to make the first move.
Read about my 2 lives in my book ‘Back to the Wall’ and how my second life sent me off on a romantic adventure I could never have planned, chasing the clues to a mystery around the world.
It’s a page-turner I promise.

Best wishes.


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