Life has many challenges, but it is up to us as individuals to take those challenges and be the best that we are destined to be. No one can hinder your growth and progress but yourself. Yes life throws lemons at us and sometimes those lemons hit so hard that we want to give up. I urge each of us to dig deep and find that inner strength and push forward as we aim for heights that great men reached and kept. Success is at our fingertips but we have to want it to achieve it. No matter what happens in our lives, we are the authors who have been given directives from God as to how to draw and shape life the way we want. Ultimately, the ball is in your court, will you play hard or play soft. I challenge each of us on this Martin Luther King Day to play hard, despite all the negatives around us, we can still rise above and be great in our respective fields. Great leaders are born not made. Rise up and be counted, let's make a difference and be heard!