The 4 Hurdles You Must Jump in Life

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If I could share 500 words to inspire, this is the important wisdom I'd want to pass along to others...

  • There are four hurdles we must jump in life and until we do, we will not become all we are meant to be. Initially the hurdles diminish our confidence and self-esteem, but this is an illusion as they are a part of the way-the journey of heroes, inventors, and legendary entrepreneurs. They exist to help us fulfill our highest and greatest purpose.

    The first hurdle is overcoming all the naysayers, the people who tell us our dreams are silly, we’re not smart enough, rich enough or strong enough, but we must be strong and follow our heart. If we ignore our inspiration then we deny our uniqueness. Leaping the first hurdle is a critical jump in the journey of life and until we do, the subsequent hurdles remain hidden. It takes confidence, courage and faith to overcome the naysayers.

    If you have successfully made the first leap, stand by, the second hurdle rapidly appears, we call it failure, but it isn’t failure until we quit. In reality there is no such thing, it is a course correction. This is another test, teaching us determination, persistence and one of the most important qualities to survive and thrive-resilience-the ability to bounce back when life knocks us down. No one ever got it right the first time, not Steve Jobs or Thomas Edison.

    The third hurdle is our crisis. It shows up as a divorce, illness, or financial setback. We begin a search for meaning, wondering where we went wrong or why God did this. If the ego has a tight grip it might last many years. It takes us down to our knees and through the dark night of our soul. We face temptations, get rich schemes, and the easy way out. All prove to be a bottomless pit for we must surrender and let go of control, fear, ego, and of all the physical attachments from the World of Form. The good news about reaching this retched place is that it is a divine set up, preparing us for the most important jump of our life, the fourth and final hurdle.

    We must remember who we are, where we came from, and why we are here. This hurdle requires us to detach and become the observer from a place of no time and no space, because from this place devoid of form we see a pattern. There are no accidents, no mistakes. Everything we did, every person we met, prepared us for a divine unique calling. That is why we needed to leap the first hurdle; we must be brave. This assignment requires determination and resilience, but we passed that test in the second hurdle. This calling is so special, and so important, that our ego had to be left behind to serve others. It is a leap of faith and love.

    The secret to jumping all these hurdles does not come from outside. The answers are all within.

    JD Messinger

    JD Messinger is a modern day visionary whose credentials are reminiscent of a renaissance man. As a child, JD was fascinated with chemistry, electricity, and mechanics, often dismantling household appliances to decipher their operational secrets. He began his adult life as a fireman and moved on to be the former CEO of Ernst & Young Consulting, Singapore, one of 37 Distinguished Graduates from the United States Naval Academy class of 1981, a former nuclear submarine officer, and the Exxon executive who helped supervise the Valdez Oil spill cleanup.  JD has a dynamic presence in the media as the creator and host of both a television show and CNN radio show. In the business world he has been an adviser to Fortune 100 clients, governments, and members of parliament on five continents. JD was the IT person of the week for Channel News Asia and nominated for CEO of the year by CNBC Asia. Later in life, he became a Knight of Honor in the Order of St. John and received numerous corporate presidential and national awards. An international speaker, JD has been interviewed on dozens of television shows as a featured expert on innovation, crisis response, and the future of energy. Dignitaries and executives around the world have praised his position papers, which have been distributed to numerous Presidential candidates, members of parliament, prime ministers, and royal family members in both the United States and abroad. JD has been married to Marianne for thirty years, and they are blessed with three children. The family is currently living in Texas. He is conversational in Mandarin Chinese, and in his free time JD enjoys all things adventurous such as fencing, boxing, scuba diving, hiking, and hosting talk radio. JD Messinger is the former CEO of Ernst and Young Consulting (Singapore), a former fireman, nuclear submarine officer, and former radio and television show creator, producer and host.

    For more information, please visit jdmessinger.com.

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