“The best place to succeed is where you are with what you have.”

– Charles Schwab

Success isn’t hiding in the corners of tomorrow. It’s not lounging on the beaches of someday, or lost in the forest of yesterday. It’s perched on your doorstep, in the realm of today, whispering in your ear: Start where you stand.

Life isn’t a grand quest, not a hunt for mythical success hidden in an elusive eldorado. It’s your personal canvas, a work of art-in-progress. You’re the artist, holding the brushes of resources, knowledge, and abilities.

Some may see their canvas as blank, others as a chaotic splatter of colors. Yet, the artistry lies not in the canvas, but in the stroke of the brush. Success is not about changing canvases, it’s about painting your masterpiece, one stroke at a time.

Your tools, your paintbrushes. They might seem small, maybe a bit frayed. But they’re yours, tailored for your canvas. Your success isn’t about longing for other artists’ tools. It’s about mastering the ones in your hand, knowing each stroke, each blend, each shade they can produce.

The canvas—your situation—is unique. It may be a stormy landscape, it may be a serene sea. But it’s yours. Success isn’t about wishing for someone else’s canvas—it’s about embracing the scene you’ve got and painting it to life.

Success is here, right under your feet, waiting to be unearthed with the tools you have. It’s not about seeking a different location or better tools. It’s about making the most of the canvas before you, the brushes in your hand, and painting your masterpiece.

Stephen Boudreau serves as VP of Brand and Community at Virtuous Software. For over two decades, he has helped nonprofits leverage the digital space to grow their impact. To that end, Stephen co-founded RaiseDonors, a platform that provides nonprofits with technology and experiences that remove barriers to successful online fundraising. He is an avid (but aging) soccer player, audiobook enthusiast, and the heavily-disputed UNO champion of his household.

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