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Letter from the PresidentAnnouncementsSuccess CornerSociety Spotlight Monthly Motivation

Letter From the President: 

Dear Society Member,

The phrase “April showers bring May flowers” has long linked the month of April with rain and dreariness. But it is also a reminder that even the most unpleasant of circumstances can bring forth positive opportunities.

When you’re working toward a goal, there will be times when reaching the finish line will feel impossible. There will be days when you feel like a storm cloud is ever present. During those times, it is vital to remember that the greatest things in life come to those who are patient, optimistic and persistently pushing through the storm showers.

So what should you do when the odds seem stacked against you? I recommend taking a deep breath and adopting a no-fail attitude. Don’t succumb to negativity, beat yourself up or say “I can’t,” because you can and you will. Forget about how many potential roadblocks you’re faced with, and push forward. Your dreams deserve your love and devotion - not fear and insecurity. Soon enough those failures will become your successes.

The advice I want to leave you with this month is to keep moving forward, and know that the storms shall pass and reveal sunshine. Remember that when the odds are stacked against you and success seems like a remote possibility, you’re on the right path. This is a sign of your audacity, fortitude and tenacity. And by that measure, you’re already successful.

Best wishes,

Charles Knippen
The National Society of Leadership and Success

Continue reading below in the Monthly Motivation section to learn what you should do when the odds are stacked against you.

Success Corner: 

Thought Leader Series

The Society is proud to present the latest episodes of our "Thought Leader Series", featuring LA Reid, Chairman & CEO of Epic Records and Mayor Svante Myrick of Ithaca, New York.

Over the course of his illustrious career, Mr. Reid has worked with superstars such as Pink, Usher, Outkast, Avril Lavigne, TLC, Rihanna and Future.
In this episode, he discusses, among other topics, discovering and cultivating your passion, his journey from artist to executive and the importance of surrounding yourself with a great team.

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At 24, Mr. Myrick became the youngest mayor ever elected in New York State history.

In this episode, Mr. Myrick discusses topics such as overcoming homelessness and his father's drug addiction to achieve a nearly perfect SAT score, his admission to Cornell University and his career in politics. It's a truly inspirational journey that we're honored to share with you.

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Monthly Motivation: 

“The difference between an optimist and a pessimist is not that the optimist believes the world is wonderful and the pessimist believes it’s beset by challenges; the difference is the pessimist believes we will be defeated by them; the optimist thinks the challenges can be overcome.”

– Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair

What You Should Do When the Odds Are Stacked Against You

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