Does your history, your backstory, and your family legacy define you? Does it propel your success or limit your achievements?
My name is Thax Turner, and long ago I made the conscious decision that my past would not determine my future, and that my potential was worth going to battle for.
See, I didn’t grow up with the privilege of wealth. But one day,as a boy, my grandmother, a very wise woman, gave me a bit of advice. And that advice helped to shape every decision I made from then on out.
She said, “Thax, never let failure stop you. Failure is just a measure of how badly a person desires something.”
And I realized then, that if I were to just try to “think” my goals into realization, I’d never get anywhere. True desire, dreams worth realizing, would in of itself, compel me to complete any mission.
I left home at seventeen to join the US Army, and, doing what was expected of me, I went to college after my discharge. Soon, I joined the ranks of corporate America, thus initiating a professional career.
I failed. Often. In both work opportunities and personal relationships. But remembering what my grandmother had taught me, I accepted each failure as a lesson. And I strived to learn from each one of them.
Staying the course hasn’t been easy, of course. But since the early days of my career, I’ve achieved numerous promotions and racked up significant salary increases. I’ve earned, by blood, sweat, and tears, every rung I’ve climbed up that ladder.
God gives us the ability to achieve our goals, but it’s up to us to make them happen. I believe in a life of unlimited potential–and our choice is to take that chance or ignore it.
My grandmother’s advice was a catalyst for me, and I the greatest lesson I’ve learned is that I can accept failure, without giving in to defeat. I don’t give up. I seek out solutions in the midst of despair.
I keep my vision, my goals, and my higher purpose in sight. And I help and support others who have the same drive and desire to elevate their lives and position.
They say that life’s challenges are nothing but diversions along the great journey. Given the right tools, your pursuit of success will become habitual.
I’m a living testament to this. We never stop learning, growing, achieving. In faith, in family, and in our work, I toast to your success.
May we fight the good fight together.