She Was Only a Grocer’s Daughter … What’s Your Excuse?

Yes, I’ll agree, it’s a slightly provocative way to start … but something occurred to me as I stood there watching the funeral procession of Baroness Thatcher that really could provide a wakeup call to those who might feel they are stuck in something of a rut…

Whatever the problems of a woman trying to get herself taken seriously in the world of politics are now, they would have been far, far greater back in the 1950’s when Margaret Thatcher first put herself forward as a Conservative candidate … and also lacking the ‘background’ we might traditionally associate with MPs of that era … I’m sure most of us in her position would have written off our chances of ever becoming an MP, let alone PM.

But by this point she had already gone from her local primary school to winning scholarships first to the area’s most prestigious girl’s school, then to Oxford, put behind her a rejection from a promising career at ICI for being “headstrong, obstinate and dangerously self-opinionated” before eventually qualifying as a barrister the same year she gave birth to twins…

You’ll agree, the only thing longer than the list of obstacles she faced was the list of things she achieved to overcome them.

Which brings me back to the question, if a grocers daughter from Grantham can overcome all of that to become a Prime Minister so significant that she was honoured with a state funeral, a funeral at which her children would sit side by side with the Queen … what on earth is standing in the way of you making a few quid online?

And I don’t mean this as a ‘buck up’ email (though I am expecting a few enraged replies from readers who think I do) what I mean is … what is stopping you? Take each thing you regard as an obstacle and look at it, and decide whether it really is a problem, or simply your perception of it?

It is moving away from the thought that ‘I couldn’t possibly do that’ to the simple belief that following a certain series of steps, with an extraordinary amount of focus on following through to complete those steps, that will bring the outcome and results you desire …  almost regardless of who you are or where you are starting from…

So, if you think that doing what is necessary to succeed may be beyond you … just ask yourself if the distance you need to travel between where you are now and what you really want your life to be, is any greater than the distance travelled by Maggie from a grocers shop in Grantham to the front door of No.10 … and then get on with it.

Until Next Time,
Tim Sig
Tim Lowe
Publisher, Tim’s Business Lowe Down

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Tim Lowe