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The best motivator

I think that the drive to succeed is much greater and stronger if a person comes from humble beginnings.

By Kristina Bouweiri | December 13, 2010; 04:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

The dream lives on

Why do some people from families with many financial advantages end up accomplishing so little, while those who have no advantages end up doing so well?

By Jan Scruggs | December 13, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Underdogs on top

I suspect that whether or not they became superstars, Paul McCartney, Merle Haggard and Jerry Herman would be composing and singing; Oprah Winfrey would be entertaining; and Bill T. Jones would be choreographing someone's movements.

By Allison Miner | December 13, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Passion and practice

When I see a successful person, I see three interwoven factors: talent, experience, and circumstance.

By Jennifer Tucker | December 13, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Seize the moment!

In this grim era, we need exceptional models of startling achievement, such as the Kennedy Center honorees, to remind us of the possibilities. We will only find triumph again by believing we really can do it.

By Patricia McGuire | December 13, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

A winning combo

Let's take a closer look at Scarlett O'Hara. She is tenacious, scheming, politically savvy, forceful, smart, and flamboyant. She possesses an inner force that continuously drives her forward.

By Virginia Bianco-Mathis | December 13, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Oh, come on!

Your ability to cope is based on how you have interpreted what's happened to you, what you value most and your born-in mental mix, not simply the problems you did or did not have in your life.

By Garrison Wynn | November 15, 2010; 04:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Blessings in disguise

When we have a setback, we have the choice of deciding if it will be a pause in our life's story, or the end of our pursuit of success.

By Willie Jolley | November 15, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Courageous women

How do people, like many of my students, prevail against long odds? They're determined to succeed, and believe they can. They ask for help. And they don't let setbacks turn into backsliding.

By Patricia McGuire | November 15, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Hit the reset button

Humans are wonderfully adaptable. Those of us who have had major setbacks know that we've been through it before and survived. Thus, we are mentally stronger.

By Virginia Bianco-Mathis | November 15, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Adversity's advantage

Knowing you can survive serious setbacks can bolster confidence and courage. People who have had to confront terrible loss are more skeptical about conventional wisdom. And they have a much better sense of priorities.

By Nell Minow | November 15, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

My ABC's

My ABC's -- Adversity, Belief, and Courage -- have helped me to develop a psychological immune system to overcome just about every challenge I've ever faced.

By Tynesia Boyea-Robinson | November 15, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Then what?

When faced with adversity, one person rises to the occasion while the other is beaten down. It all comes down to how you frame your life circumstances.

By Seth Kahan | November 15, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Getting the job done

Can Congress execute a successful game plan with this political split? Of course it can. Congress has been in this business for more than 200 years.

By Jan Scruggs | November 8, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

The Civility War

Disagreement is the foundation of true agreement. If everyone agrees too quickly, it can be a sign that we're not being honest with each other.

By Garrison Wynn | November 8, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

In praise of conflict

The reality is that the "bitter enmity" of politicians is about as real as a WWF show. Throwing and taking fake punches is part of the entertainment. It's all part of the job.

By Patricia McGuire | November 8, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Harmony is overrated

Fresh off of every election, there is self-congratulation and the talk of mandate. But the grandstanding generally gives way to governance, which requires a clash, then compromise.

By Hile Rutledge | November 8, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Mining for miracles

The specifics of the experience, the kind of person you are before the experience and the customs of your culture can influence how you react to traumatic events.

By Garrison Wynn | October 25, 2010; 04:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Mysteries and miracles

Why did I survive? I can only speculate. Two near-death experiences changed the way I look at life. Fate has given me an interesting and challenging life. There is a mission ahead.

By Jan Scruggs | October 25, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

All changed, changed utterly

After 9/11, 2,000 World Bank workers joined together. Open weeping could be heard in the atrium. The event was as stirring as it was profound. I wil never be the same. My world was reordered. My neural pathways forever changed.

By Seth Kahan | October 25, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Call to action

Like the miners' rescuers, great teachers pull us along from the darkness into the light, giving us the power to help others do the same. A high school history teacher sparked a change in perspective that continues to illuminate my life.

By Patricia McGuire | October 25, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Unexpected gifts

Since the accident, I have vowed to patiently await the gift that follows the events that seem the most challenging in my life. I feel calm, realizing we are not in this game on our own.

By Misti Burmeister | October 25, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

 
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