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What Are You Waiting For?
by Joe Bonura, CSP


Can You Hear Me Now?

In 1820, Ludwig Van Beethoven wrote some of his most memorable music -- what many call his greatest works. They include the last five piano sonatas and the Ninth Symphony. I just listened to a 1952 recording of Arturo Toscanini conducting the Ninth Symphony with the NBC Symphony Orchestra, and I would agree that it is one of Ludwig’s finest. Do you know that he was almost totally deaf when he wrote the Ninth Symphony? In 1800, he learned that he was going deaf. How would you feel, knowing that your passion is composing music, and you discover that you will lose your sense of hearing?

The Best Was Yet To Come

Would you give up? If he had given up out of self pity or lack of confidence, Beethoven would have cheated us out of some of his best music. Thankfully, he continued to compose music that continues to delight audiences into the twenty-first century. I have often wondered, if he were living today, how he would react to a huge, modern orchestra playing his Ninth Symphony, but then, I believe he may have heard it even grander in the theater of his mind.

Reach For The Stars

If Beethoven could write such fantastic music when he was going deaf, what is holding you back from reaching for the stars -- from using your God-given talents to enrich yourself and others? Many of the greatest success stories come from some of the most challenged individuals.

The Little Red Schoolhouse

I was in the second grade when I read a short story about Glenn Cunningham. It was a cold winter morning in Elkhart, Kansas, when Glenn Cunningham and his brother Floyd went to the little red school house to light the pot-bellied stove to get the room warm and cozy for the students. The stove exploded, killed Floyd, and severely burned Glenn’s legs and destroyed the toes on his left foot.

Run, Glenn, Run

When he overheard the doctor discuss with his mom the possibility of amputation, Glenn pleaded with them, so the doctor reluctantly said that he would re-evaluate in a week. Fortunately for Glenn, his legs improved enough for him to keep them. In order to regain his strength, Glenn began to run every day as soon as he was able. In the 1936 Olympics, Glenn Cunningham won the Silver Medal for the United States in the 1500 meter final. His favorite Bible verse was Isaiah 40:31, “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

What If?

What if Glenn had given up? The USA may not have received the Silver Medal in 1936, and Glenn and his wife Ruth may not have opened the Glenn Cunningham Youth Ranch where they raised over 10,000 foster children. Glenn gladly used his fame to help others.

A Simple Choice

What is keeping you from making your own music? What needs to change to run your race? Maybe it is just a simple choice. You can choose to change anything you want in life; it all begins with a decision. Just as Beethoven and Cunningham decided to continue their quests, in spite of their difficulties, you can choose to live in self pity and failure, or you can choose to move forward. There is no standing still; you are either moving forward or going backward.

Take Control And Win

Are your problems larger than Beethoven’s or Cunningham’s? If so, look to those who have gone before you for inspiration. And if they are not, what are you waiting for?


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About Joe Bonura

His background is unique. Joe owned and operated a highly successful advertising agency for 18 years. During that time, he found his advertising campaigns were more effective when he educated his clients in the areas of sales and service. He conducted training seminars for his clients as added value. Word spread that Joe was a quality speaker and more and more people asked him to speak. The demand became so high that he sold the agency to three of his associates to start his own speaking and consulting company, Joe Bonura & Associates, Inc.

Joe is past President of the Kentucky Speakers Association and a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), a prestigious designation earned by only 8% of the 3,600 member National Speakers Association. Joe presently serves on the board of directors of NSA.

He is author of the audio learning systems "Three-Dimensional Selling®" and "Turning Customer Satisfaction Into Customer Excitement®." He is author of the book Throw the Rabbit—The Ultimate Approach to Three-Dimensional Selling.




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