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Recently,Guest Posting I attended a seminar that featured
Naomi Judd, half of the legendary country music duo,
The Judds. Naomi, with her talented daughter,
Wynonna, set the standard for country music by
selling millions of albums, performing to 'sold out'
audiences, and winning numerous awards.

The Judds had just finished a whirlwind reunion tour
after a decade of not appearing on stage together.
During that time Wynonna pursued a successful career
as a solo artist while Naomi recovered from illness.
Incidentally, Naomi's youngest daughter, Ashley, is a
talented actress.

Naomi talked about the early days of being a single
Mom and raising her 2 daughters and having a dream
to "make it" in the music business.

She worked as a nurse and actually secured a record
deal with a record company executive while a member
of his family was a patient.

She said that her daughters didn't always appreciate
her disciplinarian ways. In fact, the girls' favorite
saying was, "If it ain't one thing, it's your mother!"
But she was disciplining them for what would lie ahead
for their futures.

Naomi taught her girls 5 important life lessons:

(1) Change is the true nature of the world.

-She insisted that security is superstition.
The only true security comes from within.

(2) Choices are sacred.

-You always get to choose. Just learn to question
every choice that presents itself in your life.

(3) Honor your intuition, or inner wisdom.

-Be defined from within. Silence and solitude
can be helpful and are creativity's best
friends. Live by your inner wisdom. "Your
gut gets it before your head figures it out."

(4) Take risks.

-Risks can be fun. They help you out of your
comfort zone. You were actually BORN TO WIN.
But "any kind of success without personal
fulfillment is still failure."

(5) Peace of mind is the goal.

-It gives you the ability to deal with "stuff."

She remarked that shutting out background noise,
such as the TV, is essential. There was a period of
time when her and her kids didn't have a TV for
entertainment. In fact, there wasn't any electricity,
telephone, or running water.

As a result, Wynonna improved her singing and guitar
playing, while Ashley honed her acting skills and
became a voracious reader.

It's evident that Naomi has complete confidence
in her inner wisdom. She paced confidently back
and forth on the stage, making eye contact with
every listener in the audience.

Naomi Judd is living proof that adopting these 5
life lessons can help to enrich your life and
fulfill your dreams.

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