Stedman Graham, better known as Mr. Oprah Winfrey, often
shares the story about growing up in
Whitesboro, New
Jersey. Now Whitesboro was a tough town. It is the kind of
town where young boys are not expected to amount to much
in life. Crime, drugs, gangs, and disillusionment are a way of

Stedman’s early days were filled with a love for basketball.
He played constantly, developing and self into a very
talented competitor. His passion for the sport earned him a
scholarship. Recognizing the blessing a diploma would be in
his future he devoted his time off the court to his studies.

He was proud to receive his first collegiate report card
because it was loaded with A’s and B’s. He couldn’t wait to
show his grades the manager of the hardware store where
he had worked during high school.

Looking at the report card the manager glanced at Stedman
and asked, “Did you cheat?”

It was at that moment Graham realized the tragedy of
allowing others to place thoughts in his head. The report
card validated his ability. His performance on the court
signified he was a talented individual. Yet he realized he had
allowed himself to go through life, up to this point, believing
what others had placed in his head. He committed that he
would never allow any idea the manifest without checking the
facts and making up his own mind.

Entrepreneurs and business executives hear negative
stories everyday about missed opportunities, marketing
programs that are not yet perfected, competitive attacks,
and more. It is not surprising they believe that success is
nothing more than a dream for tomorrow.

News about businesses expanding and growing often go
unreported. Nobody is talking about businesses that are
currently positioning themselves for growth as their
competitors fail.

Stedman’s recommendation that you do not let others get
into your head. Believe in yourself and your abilities just as
he did.

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