Life is not always straight forward. It can throw us a lot of curve balls and it is up to us to decide how we are going to manage those situations. Every decision you and I have made has led us to where we are today. When things get hard, that is not the time to give up, blame or avoid. I wrote this topic, because like most of you, I (Lize Andrews) have dealt with my fair share of challenges growing up in a third world country and moving often. I think everyone has the ability to be successful in a chosen area of life despite challenges. It is not our talents, IQ, or socioeconomic status that determines success. Having grit, that tenacity to persevere (despite the obstacles) towards a long term goal you are passionate about, is what ultimately leads to success and greater joy in life.