Mindset for success

Choosing the right path

The following is an excerpt I recently read in a book by Tony Robbins:

He was bitter and cruel, an alcoholic and drug addict who almost killed himself several times. Today he serves life in prison for the murder of a liquor store cashier who ’got in his way’. He has two sons, born a mere eleven months apart, one of whom grew up to be ‘just like his dad’: a drug addict who lived by stealing and threatening others until he, too, was put in jail for attempted murder.

His brother, however, is a different story: a man who is raising three kids, enjoys his marriage and appears to be truly happy. As a regional manager for a major national concern, he finds work both challenging and rewarding. He’s physically fit and has no alcohol or drug addictions.

How could these two young men have turned out so differently, having grown up in virtually the same environment?

Both were asked privately unbeknownst to the other: ‘Why has your life turned out this way?’

Surprisingly they both gave the exact same answer:

‘What else could I have become, having grown up with a father like that?’


At the time of writing this, we are potentially about to go into an international lock down due to the virus COVID-19.

Everyone I speak to is concerned about what is going to happen in all aspects of their lives.

So, I’ve decided. If COVID-19 is the metaphorical bitter, cruel, alcoholic and drug addicted Dad.

I’m going to be the son who uses it as the fuel to be better!


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