In a game of cards, each player is dealt a random selection of cards.

They aren’t responsible for what they’ve been dealt, just for how they play them.

They can complain about their hard luck, acting as victims for the poor hand that they have, or they can do the best with what they have.

Life’s a bit like that as well.

Some people are given extraordinary talents and are born into situations that give them opportunities not available to others.

Some people experience great hardship from a young age and seem to have massive obstacles to overcome.

I don’t understand why this happens (although you can be sure that I’ll ask God when I meet Him), but it’s a reality of the world that we live in.

With this in mind, it’s important to remember that success isn’t defined by what situation you were born into, it’s developed through what you do with what you have.

There are many high profile examples of people who had the world at their feet but threw it all away and wasted their privileged position.

Whilst there are other, much more inspiring examples of champions who have overcome the odds to achieve remarkable deeds.  It’s why I love hearing about people like Tim Harris and Maya Angelou, people who didn’t wallow in their situations, but played the cards they were dealt with optimism and resourcefulness.

So, what about you?

Are you wasting the wonderful hand that you’ve been dealt by living an average life, or maximising the opportunities that you have been given to make a positive difference in the world?

Alternatively, you may feel as though you were dealt a bum hand by life and are using this as an excuse to live as a victim of your circumstances rather than looking for a chance to take a shot at greatness.

Either way, just play the hand that you’ve been dealt.

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