After Dana LaMon became blind at age four, he could have wallowed in self-pity and accepted the limitations assumed by others. Instead, he refused to let the loss of sight stand in his way and chose to lead a full, purposeful life.
Dana enrolled at Yale University and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in math. Then he graduated with a law degree from the University of Southern California, became a member of the California State Bar and had a career as an administrative law judge.
In 1992, he won Toastmasters International’s world championship of public speaking. He’s now the author of four books and a sought-after motivational speaker who travels all over the world.
During a recent district Toastmasters conference held near Washington, D.C., Dana credited the public speaking organization for presenting opportunities that changed the direction of his life. He also had this message: When life hands you a rose, turn it into a bouquet. In other words, leverage each positive experience so it produces even more business success, personal growth and/or enjoyment in life.
How do you turn a rose into a bouquet? Here’s Dana’s roadmap:
R – Relationships. These are the most important assets you can acquire in life. Take the time to cultivate meaningful, long-lasting relationships.
O – Opportunities. The first can lead to another – then another. You can’t wait for opportunities to knock, however. Go and seek them out.
S – Support. Sometimes networking can be shallow and disappointing. Aim to create a support system of people who believe in you.
E – Enrichment. Strive to lead an enriched life – and to help others do the same.
When you combine this approach with perseverance, small victories can turn into bigger ones. Strive to maximize the value of each win as you build your business and grow as an entrepreneur. And don’t forget to stop and smell the roses now and then.