I once found myself, through no fault of my own, in the way of a giant corporate organisation.
They told me to run.
They were so big and powerful that they knew they could intimidate and bully – and get away with it.
They told me to give in or they would crush me like a walnut.
I said no, I was prepared to fight them.
They laughed and threatened to destroy me.
I sought help from a lawyer.
He laughed too, told me I was insane, charged me for the advice and went sailing….
I went searching. Everyone told me the same thing – give in, you can’t win.
I had to make a decision – to believe the “truth” that everyone knew as fact or to believe that I could do this.
One choice would make me a victim and the other would honour my integrity.
There was only one option for me.
I stood in front of them and called their bluff.
When they realised that I was serious they became irritated and began to push and shove.
The harder they pushed the firmer I stood.
Was I willing to lose everything I had? they shouted angrily.
You bet, I replied.
I kept searching and, with help, found the right people.
They were at the top of their field. I would have to borrow (lots) to pay their bill.
They heard me and believed in me.
I hired them.
The bully was most annoyed and very surprised. It brought in the big guns. It had to be very sure of itself now. I had become more than a simple irritation.
It offered a deal- the chance to walk away with something rather than risk it all.
I’ll take the risk, I said.
At the courtroom door they towered over me and said:
You may win the battle but you’ll never win the war….
I won the war.
The world is full of people who will tell you that you can’t.
They are wrong……
When you believe in yourself anything is possible.
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