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A lot of times when we see successful people, we perceive them as having “hit the jackpot.” Our thinking is that they must just be lucky enough to have something we don’t.

However in reality success doesn’t just happen and it’s not at all about luck. There is no person in the world who has had the experience of having everything they touch turn to gold.

Anyone you see out there who is living a dream life didn’t just stumble upon it by accident. Success is created by those who put themselves in the game, allow themselves to be seen, take massive risks, invest epically, get knocked down a whole bunch of times, and then brush themselves off and get up again.

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In my experience, business is a total gamble. For women entrepreneurs like us, I know the stakes can feel sky high. We put so much of ourselves into our clients, products, programs, and pieces of writing or speaking, that if something doesn’t take off, it can feel like a major loss or a reflection of our personal worth.

In my career as an entrepreneur, I have certainly invested a lot of time, effort, love and money into certain programs and products that did not take off at all. And then instead of letting that stop me, I activated my perseverance muscle and tried something different—putting just as much if not more love, intention, and energy on the line—and hit the jackpot.

At this point I’ve found that I’ve actually won many more times than I’ve lost my bet, as there is no guarantee in any business. The more in tune you are with yourself and the more you seek Divine inspiration, the less you will be susceptible to missing the mark or failing to learn what the Universe is telling you.

The times in my life where I just thought I could do something to make some money, or I thought something was a good idea without really checking in and asking Spirit for guidance—let’s just say those times really taught me a lesson—the hard way! While I wouldn’t want to relive any of my failures, they have been so beautiful and created such blessings in my life. I’ve become so much stronger and humbler because of them.

If you want to hit the jackpot in life, the most important thing to remember is this: you are just like everyone else who has ever succeeded, a person with potential and a purpose. Take a seat at the table and put in the effort, stay focused on your dream, and when you’re ready, it will happen.

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lisaYou probably recognize motivational speaker Lisa Nichols from the film version of The Secret, if not The Today Show, Oprah, The Steve Harvey Show, and Extra. Her story of hitting the jackpot is the perfect example of a woman choosing to play big in the world, and being met with equally big rewards and opportunity for impact.

Twenty years ago, Nichols had just given birth to her first child and was on public assistance. She grew up in an underprivileged part of South Los Angeles, had been a C student through High School, and had few models for success around her. Then one day she went to buy diapers for her newborn, and found that she didn’t have enough cash in her bank account. That day, something inside Lisa clicked, and she realized that the only person who could possibly save her was herself.

Lisa went out and found a job, and started investing every saved penny from her paychecks into herself. She founded her first business, Motivating the Teen Spirit, aimed at empowering young people to make different choices. Meanwhile she attended lectures and conferences, learning everything she could about entrepreneurship, business, success, and brand creation. Soon enough, she was the one being hired to give talks.

no-matter-whatToday Lisa’s “Motivating the Masses” is one of the only publicly traded personal and business development training companies. The platform has reached nearly 30 million people, inspiring them with her extraordinary story of transformation and giving them the tools to do the same. Lisa is also the author of six best-selling books, with a 7th coming soon!

I love Lisa’s story as it illustrates that success is not just some big lottery win—it’s a conscious process! Anyone can take personal responsibility for their life, make an effort to lift themselves up, and manifest their miracle. There truly are enough jackpots out there for us all.

Learn More About Lisa at motivatingthemasses.com

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