In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king's wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.
Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded.
After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The peasant learned what many of us never understand!
Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.
An inspirational story I thought, but what does this have to do with me? (You are probably asking yourself this question.)
The answer: Everything!!!
Going on some new found venture in anything always has some form of obstacle or obstacles that go along with it, whether it is right in front of you or hidden somewhere, they are always there.
To get a bit off track allow me to share a story with you, many years ago when I was a younger man, I was in the military...I remember so many instances that looking back on were all obstacles. Some, of course, stood right out...while others were carefully hidden (much to the delight of the instructors).
Our platoon had started the "Battleschool" training with 42 men and by the end we graduated with 21. So in relation to the story aforementioned, those of us who made it through were the "peasant," and those who did not were the "noblemen," etc. We did not give in to the obstacles or remove ourselves from the risks involved.
We failed, we failed, we failed...until...we succeeded.
With all things in life, there are obstacles and risks...but the rewards far outweigh the risks involved if you go into the situation with the following:
The right mindset.The right trainers.The right motivation.The right education and know how. The belief in yourself (is paramount).
When you follow successful people and do what they teach you and do it properly, then the only outcome is a positive and successful outcome.
Failure is not an option, nor is it a thought.
I hope if nothing else you read this story and take something from it, and more importantly believe in yourself and you will succeed!
By the way I know this is "off the path" of the normal topic here but I really wanted to share this story with all of you.
Until next time,
Garret Belisle is the co-author of http://www.firefoxmentor.com for the latest information on the firefox browser.© 2007 Garret Belisle
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