As a 38-year-old housewife, she would go to the movies and sigh, “If only I had her looks.” She would listen to a singer and moan, “If only I had her voice.”

Then one day someone gave her a copy of the book, The Magic of Believing. She stopped comparing herself with actresses and singers. She stopped crying about what she didn’t have and started concentrating on what she did have. She took inventory of herself and remembered that in high school she had a reputation for being the funniest girl around. She began to turn her liabilities into assets.

When she was at the top of her career Phyllis Diller made more than $1,000,000 a year. She wasn’t good-looking, and she had a scratchy voice; but she could make people laugh. (Rick Warren, “Making Your Life Count for Eternity”)

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