LYBLABCs: I is for Ingenuity

As part of my weekly LYBLABCs series — which rolls-out a core value aligned to Oprah’s Live Your Best Life philosophy found in O, the Oprah Magazine — here’s the latest virtue! 

I is for Ingenuity!

“If you can’t find a way, make one!” It’s one of my favorite expressions. Hannibal said it to his generals when they told him it was impossible to cross the Alps with their African war elephants — but Hannibal found a way — and it became one of the greatest achievements of ancient warfare.

Think like Hannibal. Find your way around anything, even if it goes against the grain. Channel your resilience, know-how, and perseverance, and move heaven and earth. Never swear you’ve been defeated before the knock-out, but when you get knocked-out, take cover, gather yourself, and brace for the rebound.

Even when you lose track of your goals, stay up to the challenge. Defeat is only as humiliating and debilitating as you let it be.

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