Life Happens

In the movie, Forrest Gump was running, running through downtown Flagstaff (my town) when he stepped into a pile of ?

His response was “Sh** happens!” as he didn’t even slow down but just kept on running.

I hear all kinds of reasons given for not doing what you need to do to grow your business.

  • Not enough money to buy inventory or subscribe to our magazine or pay for coaching that I know could help.
  • Not enough time in the day to do what you need to do
  • Having problems at home with my husband, my kids, my parents, or others
  • Too depressed and just want to go to bed
  • Too sick and just want to go to bed
  • Someone else is sick
  • and a lot more reasons that you can only imagine.

This may sound harsh but LIFE happens to all of us.  We have family issues, money problems, and are either sick or have sick relatives.


Those who are successful in this or any other industry have problems with kids, husbands, and parents.  They have to decide where to best spend the little money they have.  They get sick, too.  Some even spend time in the hospital with serious illnesses.

But the difference  is that they’re not letting it stop them cold in their tracks.  When LIFE gets in the way, they do as much as they can while dealing with the issues of the moment and then work harder than ever when life slows from a run to a jog.

Success doesn’t come by just hoping.  If you want it badly enough, you’re going to work when you don’t feel like it.  You’re going to make yourself work when you would prefer to go to bed and hide your head under the covers. You’re going to take that laptop to the hospital and work while waiting for that sick relative to have surgery.  You’re going to get out and market as hard as you can to make enough money to buy that needed inventory or whatever it is you need to grow your business.

No reasons.  No excuses.  You don’t have anyone to tell you you have to do it.  You just do it because you want success badly enough.

Forrest Gump understood that “Sh** Happens” because he had been there many times in his life but just kept on running.  I understand that “Life Happens” because I, too, have been there.  Eight days in the hospital slowed me down but didn’t stop me from running and I ran harder than ever once I could.  Family issues have cut drastically into my time.  I just make better use of the time that is left.

Life Happens to all of us.  Whether we handle those life issues as excuses to stop and have a pity party or as Forrest did and just keep on running as hard as we can is up to us.  Which way will you choose?



3 thoughts on “Life Happens”

  1. Thank you Joyce, we all have ups and downs.

  2. You’re absolutely right. The problems of life don’t miss a single one of us. It’s something that we have to accept and wade through the very best that we can.

  3. Very inspiring.

    We all go through life’s challenges especially as we get older and become the caregiver for our parents as well as trying to run our own household and business.

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