Keep the Faith 🛐, Even the Size of a Pumpkin Seed! 🎃 ...

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After reading this article’s title, all of my Christian peeps would probably say, “No Chris, it’s faith the size of a MUSTARD seed, not pumpkin seed silly!” and they would be right.

However, seeing that Halloween is quickly approaching, I was reminded of something that happened years ago when I was working at a small TV station in Connecticut. In-between the 6pm newscast and eleven, we would all head out to break… maybe grab a bite to eat or something. Of course, it was around Halloween, so the station had a few pumpkins and a big brick of hay set up near the front entrance. Cute, right?

Well, somebody took it upon themselves to crush all of the pumpkins. Why? I don’t know. I remember thinking someone has some real anger issues, or simply too much time on their hands.

Fast forward a year later. Surprise! There were five times as many pumpkins! But, nobody put them out there! They were actually out there growing because of the seeds left over from the crushed pumpkins the year before! Whoa! What someone tried to destroy, turned into something incredible!

Think about it. What has someone or something tried to destroy in your own life? What circumstance has stomped out your happiness and well-being? Here are three individuals whose “pumpkins” were crushed, and how the seeds that remained turned into a mighty blessing. They know/knew how to turn adversity into success.

1. John Paul DeJoria

He is the shampoo guy, yeah, the billionaire Paul Mitchell haircare entrepreneur. He wasn’t always a billionaire. In fact, he grew up poor, selling Christmas cards door-to-door at just nine years old. He later graduated high school, joined the Navy and after six years, entered the workforce. His first job out, he was working as a salesman. He was so good, he ended up running two company divisions. He was so good, he also got fired! He soon got another sales job, and another. It turns out he was so good, he was making more money than the owner. You guessed it, fired again!

He then meets up with his friend Paul Mitchell. They decide to start a company. They line up a $500,000 investor, and everything looked great. They were all ready to go! Suddenly, the investor backed out at the very last minute. It gets worse, Dejoria’s wife left him after taking all of his savings. She also left him with their three-year-old kid. It also turns out she wasn’t paying the bills while he was away on business. Now he was homeless and living in a car with a hungry three-year-old in the back seat. His pumpkins got smashed!

Despite the adversity, he and his partner never gave up. They put together $700, and went for it anyway. Today he owns multiple businesses, but is still best known for Paul Mitchell haircare products. Through hard work, perseverance and a little luck, his “crushed pumpkins” turned into a multitude of blessings! Did I mention he’s a billionaire?

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