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The Beauty of Being Stuck by Motivational Speaker Kelly Swanson

As a motivational speaker, I teach people how to get past the places in life where they are stuck – the potholes in the yellow brick road of life. And often we refer to being stuck as a bad thing. But I would like to take one moment to comment that being stuck is not always a bad thing – in fact, it can often be a blessing. Just not a comfortable one.

The most important lessons I learned were painful. The best parts of my character were built in times of strife. The greatest loves hurt the most. The biggest dreams were the heaviest to carry. And the greatest opportunities followed rejection. The brightest light shined for me in the dark. Salvation only came when I hit rock bottom. Grace felt the sweetest when I was weak. What today looks unpleasant may be tomorrow’s greatest blessing.

I will give you a moment to whine about where you are stuck – because it’s normal and it feels good, and makes for good TV. But then I want you to acknowledge that being stuck is a good thing – for it will prompt you to move – it will create growth and change – it will challenge you – and  it will build your character. For life doesn’t follow a smooth path with no interruptions. Life is filled with potholes and unexpected turns. Just as it was designed to be.

Perhaps the Hee Haw theme song said it best – “If it weren’t for bad luck, we’d have no luck at all. Joy, despair, is agony on me.”

(If you want to read more about getting “un-stuck” I would be happy to give you a free downloadable copy of my workbook “When Fairy Tale Meets Reality”. All you have to do is like my facebook page (funny motivational speaker) and then go to my website to sign up for free stuff at

Kelly Swanson, Motivational Speaker and Student of Life’s Hard Knocks - Swanson Speaks, Inc. 

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