post written by: Marc Chernoff

Some Things You Need To Know

One Thing You Need To Know

I know you’re reading this.  And I want you to know I’m writing this for you.  Others will be confused.  They will think I’m writing this for them.  But I’m not.

This one’s for you.

I want you to know that life is not easy.  Every day is an unpredictable challenge.  Some days it can be difficult to simply get out of bed in the morning.  To face reality and put on that smile.  But I want you to know, your smile has kept me going on more days than I can count.  Never forget that, even through the toughest times, you are incredible.  You really are.

So smile more often.  You have so many reasons to.  Time and again, my reason is you.

You won’t always be perfect.  Neither will I.  Because nobody is perfect, and nobody deserves to be perfect.  Nobody has it easy, everybody has issues.  You will never know exactly what I’m going through.  And I will never know exactly what you’re going through.  We are all fighting our own unique war.

But we are fighting through it simultaneously, together.

Whenever somebody discredits you, and tells you that you can’t do something, keep in mind that they are speaking from within the boundaries of their own limitations.  Ignore them.  Don’t give in.  In this crazy world that’s trying to make you like everyone else, find the courage to keep being your awesome self.  And when they laugh at you for being different, laugh back at them for being the same.

Remember, our courage doesn’t always roar aloud.  Sometimes it’s the quiet voice at the end of the day whispering, “I will try again tomorrow.”  So stand strong.  Things turn out best for people who make the best out of the way things turn out.

And I am committed to making the best of it along with you.

Photo by: Meredith Farmer

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  • I love this. I especially love how you say don’t let others define what you can do with your life. They will always set what you can achieve lower than what you can. This is something I promote quite a lot.

  • Thank you.

  • Thanks for the reminder that we are all awesome in our own way, and have so much to be grateful for. It’s so easy to forget in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, especially when things are particularly tough.

  • Hello,
    This article is awesome. Thank you. I wish I could share this article for people whom I care, by email. Can you add that feature to the blog posts? Just a suggestion.

  • I regularly check your blog because sometimes it makes me laugh, think, and wonder. But tonight as I was reading this entry, it made me cry. I cried because even though I dont know whose writing it, what you look like or sound like, I could hear the voice. This voice spoke to me, and cried with me as i read this. It made me stronger and made me not feel this empty lonely feeling I feel every night before I go to sleep. So thank you for being there whoever you are.

  • Beautiful words and so sincere and real.

  • I think you were writing this for me. I woke up feeling pretty sad..I lost the world’s best husband and my 15 year old son lost the worlds best dad very suddenly–June of 2009–July 4th was “our holiday.” I was hoping for more bravo after two years…but then I read “courage doesn’t always roar…” and I realized I could summon up a little courage, make a cup of coffee and make the best of a great day.

  • Posts like these make me come to your website and comment on them.

    This was just beautiful. Keep posts like these coming..

  • Thanks for giving me courage.
    I live in Greece and the economic problems I have lately, make me wake up with tears.
    Reading what you write I get power. Thanks.

    *Sorry that I do not speak the language well

  • This touched me in my core. I will be placing this somewhere I can read everyday as needed. Thank you!

  • Such moving words. My soul is touched. Many thanks.

  • Thank you. I think I needed this.

  • Thankyou - needed to hear this today!

  • I needed to read this today. Thank you.

  • The opening paragraph made me smile :) Do not be surprised if someone tells you that this post held them from cutting themselves. For me, it was a relief to know that I’m not alone.
    Your posts always inspire me. Keep on writing because you don’t know how many lives you might change.
    P.S. I’m only 16 and I only comment when a post has touched me. Believe it or not, you have.

  • This is beautiful! Thank so much for reminding us that we each, in our own way, are lovely and a gift from God.
    What a beautiful love letter!

  • This was perfect! I’m going to share it on my blog!

    Really amazing :)

  • What is your secret for writing posts straight from the heart?

    If it was the idea to express unconditional love with a post, than from my perspective you have succeeded.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Thank you! I needed this today! It has renewed my strength and desire to keep working towards a dream of mine to go back to school and change careers and work in the medical field in order to help others.

  • Thanks for sharing. This is a great post. Came upon the site through Stumble.

    love the insight.

    Enjoy your holiday,

  • I shared this with my colleagues at work and have received positive feedback. Thank you for your positivity.

  • Thank you, simply thank you.

  • My cup of green tea after a tough night. Thank you for offering us this! It is indeed always good to have someone remind us that we are indeed great and strong and we should not allow anyone else hurt us.

  • I’ve heard a couple times before that my happiness and overly joyfull self esteem was contagious, but I haven’t heard since last year when i moved to Argentina to study leaving my family and my friends! I know i’m getting stronger everyday but it’s hard, thank you for this entry!

  • Saurabh Banerjee
    July 5th, 2011 at 12:14 am

    Love all your post. This one is awesome…. I completely agree with you how friends discourage us for our goals since they are encompassed in their own boundary.

  • You had me with the opening paragraph. How could I not be intrigued by that?! Great post. What a wonderful take on being human.

  • This is the first article I read on this blog….I’m hooked up already.

    Many thanks for sharing.

  • Simply Awesome.

    All Bloggers take note: posts like this is what earns subscribers.

    Long time subscriber - First time commenting.

  • This made me cry. In a good way.

    Thank you for reminding me.

  • Simply beautiful. It’s so important for people to realize that they’re not alone in this world and we all face the same struggles together. That even when we feel most divided, we’re really not.

    Got to keep your head up and face the challenges and naysayers head-on. Determination is the key to success.

  • In addition to the comments left here, I received numerous emails (and even a text message) from friends near and far, thanking me for this short post.

    You’re welcome. Thank you all for being an ongoing inspiration to me.

  • Marc

    Thank you for this inspiring post. Really excellent! I particularly connected with the part about how people tell you that you can’t do something because they are speaking for themselves. I have never thought it that way.

    How to be Happy

  • These posts remind me of those cute little mini mushroom power ups you can get in Mario Kart. A nice little boost of succinct inspiration, powerfully packaged in a way that could get someone by for the next few hours of the day.

    Nice to know we all drink from the same cup.


  • Thank you for that talent of yours.

    Thank you for inspiring people.

    You, sir, are amazing, and you should be proud of yourself for this article. You change lives with your writing… you surely have changed mine.

  • Really fantastic post! You made my day, and I already posted to my facebook wall.

    I like: “And when they laugh at you for being different, laugh back at them for being the same.”

    And: “…In this crazy world that’s trying to make you like everyone else”. It couldn’t be more of the truth in particular in a country like Japan.

  • “we are all fighting our own unique war. In this crazy world that’s traying to make you like everyone else, find the courage to keep being your awesome self.”
    Thank you Marc for being of that much help to me. The post has helped me get through the uphill battle of the day and keep my dreams alive. You give me the courage to follow my heart and not other people’s opinions.

  • Can’t stop reading this. Too beautiful.

  • Wonderful insight! The energy coming from you & the energy coming from me… merging :)

  • Wow! I read this at just the right moment. Thanks.

  • Oh Gosh, what a beautiful post! Very touching. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  • That’s so true, Marc.

    Its important for us to understand such facts if we want to face life’s challenges. Well said.

  • Very uplifting!

  • Thanks so much for this blog entry. Reading it I actually felt like it was dedicated for me. I’ve been following your blog for a lot of time and it’s always great, but this one kept my attention especially.
    Keep on doing it!

  • I wish that was written for me…

  • I read this at just the right time. I was being criticized for something that doesn’t make sense to me. Just when I was feeling the worst, I read this. Thank you for putting this up. It made me remember to smile and to not care about what those people think because I am me. Thanks again.

  • This touched my heart. Thanks for these kind words.

  • Touching & inspirational, I love this site & read everything I find here. Helps me in ways I can’t put into words, so thank-you!

  • This is my first visit to your website, and I’m so glad I found it. I really needed to read this.

    Thank you.

  • Really wonderful! Superbly written! Thank you.

  • Only 1 word for you: “Wonderful!”

  • Thanks a lot! ;-)

  • Thank you! This is absolutely beautiful, and filled me up with so much joy, it brought tears to my eyes :)

  • I loved the way you made me realise that, ‘don’t let others define what you can do with your life’.

    This article also made me realise that,
    ‘don’t impose your own decisions on others’.

  • I was waiting for a message like this one, thank you soooooooooooooooooooooooo much.

  • This is simply amazing. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • This is awesome! I am touched.


  • I never met you, but I believe you are an amazing person .. Thank you for this entry .. I needed it more than you can ever imagine :)

  • Dear Marc,

    Words cannot express how inspirational and uplifting this blog is to me. This world is so cruel not to have write-ups like this for emotional medication. You are to me a million and one thing; you and your blog are the best things that has happened to me in recent time. Keep it up!

  • Hey, I can tell this post is for me. :) Thank you.

  • So intresting and true! I found your site accidently, but i think I will visit it again and will introduce it to my friends. Thank you for the motivation.

  • Arundhati Panigrahi
    December 15th, 2011 at 1:08 am

    I started reading your blog ‘30 things that you should not do to yourself’ and then went on reading. I loved the way all of these have been written. It gives a feeling that I am talking to myself. I think I am a person with a lot of negativity and always wanted someone to tell me all this.

    Now I have your blogs. :D

  • This is marvellous. Thank You.

  • When I am feeling extremely pessimistic, anxious, or sorrowful, I immediately come to your blog. It never fails to make me feel optimistic again. Thank you. Please don’t stop!

  • This is what exactly I needed to know.
    Greatest post ever.

  • I’m moved. Lovely…

  • Thank you for your inspirations. They help me cope with my depression.

  • I was finally able to exhale after reading this. It warned my soul…Thanks

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