(For those who say I just don’t get it…Get this!)

When you conduct your business on the public stage as I do there are many that always look upon anything you say with great suspect. I understand this and unlike most I encourage it. Just because I say something is or is not doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look upon it with a healthy dose of skepticism. Most so-called “Guru’s” want to express that they know something you don’t and now consider themselves “experts” because by some form of osmosis or voodoo logic they have gained insights you may or may not have. The motivational genre is notorious for this. Most are no more than “Snake Oil” sales people. As I’ve declared many times, I have no use for most of them. To that point I just wanted to give a clear example for you to ponder because as I believe, “You either have credibility you can prove, or it’s just bull.”

I’ve been asked about my Bio from time to time. Some are either puzzled or intrigued that I offer two and not just one. Which in some cases is why I did it. But when it comes to the more, lets say edgier version, some question why I would include a reference to another persons work and include it with mine. It’s a good question and I don’t mind answering at all. The reason why I did it was to really show that, (1.) These aren’t people I had (or paid) to have a picture taken with and now trying to state we’re “friends.” (2.) They’re real people I know and were close enough that when we were all going through difficulties we at times asked each other what we thought about this or that and what we would do. (3.) I could not think of a better line to describe where we were starting from than the line one of them put as a sub heading on his book. I wish I thought of it, but unlike most, I’m not going to try to steal it and say I said it. And (4.) I was trying to push a point I’m not unique, and here’s proof I can show first hand that if we did it, so can you regardless of where you’re starting from.

Most believe it’s hyperbole. Something either ourselves or publicists made up to make it sound worse than it was. It’s understandable but I would like to share something that sets that record straight to show it’s not and it really doesn’t matter where you start from. Just start! You can make the changes necessary to do what you need to accomplish your dreams, and never let someone suggest you can’t because of where you come from, or the odds are too great to overcome. Tell them stick it where the sun doesn’t shine. Because if people like myself or friends can dream about grabbing the brass ring where we started from and get it, then so can you. Don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise. Period!

As I write this we have just about settled my mother in law into my residence. She moved in just before Christmas because our hometown is now out of control. To add to my accounting of where I started from and to disprove any thoughts on hyperbole I offer as exhibit A the following headline and story released this week:

Lawrence, MA: City of the Damned
“Crime  is soaring, schools  are  failing, government  has  lost  control, and  Lawrence, the  most godforsaken  place  in  Massachusetts, has  never  been  in  worse  shape…”

By Jay Atkinson
You can read the full article here. It appeared this week in BostonMagazine.com Feb. 29th 2012.

It’s a lengthy article, but as I’ve said to others, “If myself and a few others can make it against all odds starting out from one of the most depressed cities in the country, don’t ever let anyone say you can’t!”

You have my permission to flip them off and keep chasing your own dreams.

© 2012 Mark St.Cyr