Healing Stories: From Scrubbing Toilets to Living in a $2 Million Condominium
So many people complain that life isn’t fair. That it shouldn’t be this hard. That money should come easier… Or losing weight… Or finding their soulmate.
While other people do what they need to do to create the life they want.
Number one best-selling author, counselor, life coach and radio host David Essel has had a chance to interview and to meet the most inspiring people from all over the world who have created the absolute dream life they’ve always wanted.
One of those people, who David is going to share today in his story, is an example of perseverance, persistence, attitude and more.
You can do the same. If you’re willing to do the hard work, the work that most of us push aside, in the hopes of a miracle. Winning the lottery. Or having your soulmate come to the front door delivering your pizza. Let’s get real. And learn from David’s experiences with a woman who he will never forget meeting.
” A number of years ago I was blessed to meet a woman who I had no idea had accomplished so much, with such meager beginning’s.
As I walked down the beach we started chatting and the conversation turned in a direction that literally blew my mind.
It started out with small talk. It’s a beautiful day. How long have you lived here. What do you do for a living. Just the normal things that you talk about when you meet a stranger for the first time.
But then, from out of the blue, the conversation turned amazing. I was about to find out that this young woman was raised in eastern Europe with very little money, encouragement, and hopes for a better life.
Her family lived in a one room house. Siblings, mom and dad, and grandma and grandpa altogether. For Christmas the big gift that everyone received was their own individual bar of soap.
Please read the above statement. Think about it. The greatest gift to the world that these people had at that time was to have their own individual bar of soap. Are you still going to complain about your life right now?
As our conversation continued, it got even more intense. Because she was living under such oppression, her and her boyfriend decided to pay a smuggler to get them out of their country to one where there was more opportunity.
Unfortunately, this smuggler took their money, brought them halfway and then disappeared. They were on their own.
The next thing they knew, when they finally did reach the initial destination, is that there were no more jobs there than the country they left. They were screwed.
Through the grace of God, or maybe a miracle, they ended up meeting people that said they could actually get them to the United States. But once they got there, and this is legally, they would have to work menial jobs regardless of the fact that they were skilled craftsmen or teachers.
Upon arriving here her first job was scrubbing toilets at a low end motel. She knew there was more to life but there was no one that would hire her because she did not even know English.
She started to learn English and learned enough of it that she got a waitress job at a diner which was a huge jump up the career ladder.
One day in the newspaper she saw a big ad that said “Live the American dream. Become a real estate agent.”
She saved, and saved, and saved all of her tips from the restaurant, and went to the first class to become a real estate agent and live the American dream. She walked up to the instructor and put an envelope filled with $291 bills. Her entire life savings, and in broken English told him that she wanted to become a real estate agent.
He said that he was sorry but because she barely spoke English and could not write anything in English that she would never be able to pass the test.
She begged, and begged, and begged some more until the instructor finally said OK I will stay after every class and help you learn English, but I still don’t think you have a chance in hell of passing this test.
She woke up every morning at 3 o’clock, took the bus to be at the small diner that she worked at by 4 AM, and then went to the class from six until 10 PM every night. The next day? The same routine. She was determined.
She studied. She practiced her English. She practiced reading. She was the hardest working student this guy had ever seen. And when she took the real estate exam, she passed with flying colors on the very first attempt!
From there she continued to save money. She found a mentor, an older real estate agent that was about to retire, and did everything this woman said. In the beginning she was simply a runner. She would run to peoples homes with contracts to sign. She would run to houses to drop off an extra set of keys. And eventually the woman trusted her enough to give her more responsibility in learning how to list and sell homes.
Here I am, walking down the beach, talking to this amazing success story and having no idea what she went through to get to the place that she was. As we passed her condo, she pointed up to the floor that she was directly beachfront, and I knew right then and there it was at least a $2 million condominium.
Her attitude was amazing. Her faith was incredible. Even though she had gone through many many struggles after becoming a real estate agent not one day went by that she wasn’t learning more about the world of motivation, inspiration, and the power of filling her brain with positive thoughts, and that, combined with her incredible work ethic, brought her the American dream.
Read the above story many times. Don’t leave anything out. Then look in the mirror. If you say you want a great body, more money, a better relationship. Are you willing to get off your butt and work as hard as this young lady did with all of the odds in the world stack against her?
Unfortunately, so many Americans are lazy as hell. We want it all but we don’t want to do the work.
If you need help, with determination, passion, drive, contact me. For 37 years I have help millions of people to create the life of their dreams. By sharing stories like the one above. Now it’s your turn, to do what you’d rather not do to create the life you’ve always wanted.”