Posted by Scott Bywater in general Mar 29th, 2010
I was watching an interview with Goldie Hawn last night when she started talking about a book she had wrote callled…

“A lotus grows in the mud”

… then she went on to explain the reason she gave this book the title.

Apparently, the lotus tree, which grows one of the most beautiful and revered flowers in the world… can only grow in the mud.

Interesting, huh.

Especially when you consider that mud is considered to be dirty, yucky, mucky, etc. by most people.

… but that’s exactly how the lotus tree grows.

And isn’t that true of us as well.

I recently saw a quote by Oswald Chambers which read… “If you are going through a time of discouragement, there is a time of great personal growth ahead.”

And, let’s face it…

We have all been through muddy times.

I know I have.

Starting up my first business was about as muddy as you could get.

I got abused by my staff… threatened… had to work terribly long hours… and eventually got locked out of the business… only to  have to beg my mother for money to reopen it… and then sell it for  a mere pittance a few months later.

Muddy, right?

You bet.

But did I grow from it? Yes.

Did it help create the beautiful flower of a business which can support my family today and allow me to do what I love?

Would I be as good a business person today without that experience?
Probably not.

So if you are going through a “muddy time” right now or have in the past,  keep in mind that this muddy time means you are about to grow… and it will help you create a beautiful flower of success in the future.

Of course, this will only happen if you keep pushing. I am sure the lotus plant doesn’t say:

“Oh shucks, I’m stuck in this mud. I am just going to bury my head in the mud and hope for the best.”

No way.

My bet is the lotus plant keeps pushing on regardless.

And so should you.

Keep thinking positive. Keep focusing on your goals.

And focus on what’s important.

Now, I can’t think of anything more important to your business than attracting a heap of new customers-

Or learning how to write ads which actually make the phone ring –

At the end of the day, there are three things you need to push through the mud in your life… A positive, forward thinking mindset


And the knowledge to put the odds on your side.

Only you can give yourself the first two. The good news is you can complete the “three legged stool” by upgrading your knowledge right now.

Scott Bywater

Scott Bywater

Direct Response Copywriter at Copywriting That Sells
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