Getting Out of Life What You Put In

Even when things don’t go the way we plan, everything will work out for the best. It is ok to give yourself a minute or two (maybe an hour or longer) to overcome the disappointment.

For me, life is like the bank: you can only get out of it what you put in! I have worked with a lot of young people in the cheerleading world. Most of them learn quickly that if they don’t put in the time and effort, they don’t end up performing in the big dance. Once in a while, a girl will slip through without having to put in the deposit and still seems to get the return.

Well, my thought is good for her, but don’t let it stop you. Only a few people win the lottery. So, until you win, keep putting in your hard work, time, and dedication. You will get to the top; it will just take a little longer. For your deposit, you will become stronger, more skilled and a better person–and you will get a tenfold return.

A skill I learned first from my dad and then through my involvement with sport teams was time management. If you are early, you will get opportunities no one behind you will receive. If you are late, then there will be consequences, and you usually end up with little-to-nothing. When you show up, you will be at the end of the line, be left behind or miss out.

So always be at least 5 minutes early. Not every clock is set for the same time, so make sure yours is set ahead of the others. If it were something worth doing,then you would have been there at least 30 minutes early….Continue reading at

Barby Ingle is a bestselling author, motivational speaker, and pain patient advocate.

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Photo Credit: Gail Lynne Goodwin


Sabrina I.
Past Member 4 years ago

thanks for sharing

P M.
Dai M4 years ago

You say even if things don't go the way we plan, everything works out for the best? I don't think so.

Val M.
Val M4 years ago


Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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ANA MARIJA R4 years ago

Thank you for sharing!

Lydia Weissmuller Price

Bad things still happen to good people. I try to store all of my treasures in the bank in Heaven.

Laura Saxon
.4 years ago

Great article. Thanks for sharing.

Nimue Pendragon

Thanks Gail and Barby.

Elaine A.
Elaine Al Meqdad4 years ago

"Getting Out of Life What You Put In"...That's your answer right there!