How To Turn Your Obstacles Into Opportunities


Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius said, “The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”

That means, the thing that is in the way, becomes the way—or it is the obstacle that becomes the opportunity! What is stopping you from achieving your goals and dreams?

God gifted you with life and your gift to God is to do something extraordinary with your life! Or as Dr. Howard Thurman, the great theologian and philosopher said, “Live your life in such a way that when you come to die, God will not have to repent for making you!”

This week on my SiriusXM show, the special guest is ME! Actually, it’s a recent interview, syndicated radio host, George Kilpatrick, recorded for his own radio show. George has a special gift in getting guests to really dig deep in sharing their ideas and concepts. Upon listening, my staff suggested you would enjoy this interview, and I agreed!

Here are a few “pearls” came from the interview:

  • Difficult times happen to us all, yet we decide whether we will let them break us or build us. Remember, the same hammer that can break the glass can also be the one that shapes the iron!
  • A reputation, a brand of being excellent, will always be the best job security. No one can promise you will continue working where you are presently, but if you are excellent—and the word gets around that you are excellent, someone is always looking to get you on their team!
  • You must see inside yourself and determine what you are meant to do, and where you are supposed to go with your life! Once you have that vision clear, go to work to make it a reality!
  • There is more for you when you decide that there is more for you!
  • If you want greater in your life, work on the greater within yourself!
  • Decide to unlock and unleash the power that God has placed inside of you!
  • Your faith is energized and maximized by taking action on that faith!
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Dr. Willie Jolley has achieved remarkable heights in the speaking industry, having come from humble beginnings of being a fired singer, who was replaced by a karaoke machine! He has gone on to be named “One of the Outstanding Five Speakers in the World” by the 175,000 members of Toastmasters International. He has also been inducted into the prestigious Speaker Hall of Fame as well as achieving the distinction of Certified Speaker Professional by the National Speakers Association. In 2012 he was the recipient of the Ron Brown Distinguished Leadership Award. In 2013 he was named, “One of the Top 5 Leadership Speakers” by and Business Leader of The Year by The African American Chambers of Commerce. Dr. Willie Jolley uses his public platform to pursue his mission of empowering and encouraging people to rise above their circumstances and maximize their God given potential! Many know him as the speaker Ford Motors called on in 2006 when they were on the brink of bankruptcy, and he worked with them in 2006, 2007 and 2008 and in 2009 they were able to reject a government bailout and go on to Billion Dollar profits. No matter the venue, from his exciting television appearances to his Sirius/XM radio show, to corporate audiences like Wal-Mart, GM, Comcast, Verizon, Marriott or The Million Dollar Round Table … Dr. Willie Jolley keeps it moving with high energy and enthusiasm, as he delivers nuggets on how every person can live a better life, one day at a time! Dr. Willie Jolley is the author of several international best-selling books including It Only Takes A Minute To Change Your Life, A Setback Is A Setup For A Comeback, Turn Setbacks Into Greenbacks and An Attitude of Excellence, which was endorsed by Dr. Stephen Covey. Dr. Jolley holds a Doctorate of Ministry Degree in Faith Driven Achievement from the California Graduate School of Theology, a Master Degree in Theology from Wesley Theological seminary and a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from The American University.