What Didn’t Happen

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I have a unique skill.

This skill comes completely naturally and I have no idea how to teach it to you.  (You can let go of your wallets and purses.  There will not be a class, webinar or eBook on this skill.)  When I tell you what it is you will not see the value in it but by the end of the post I think you will regard me as a great thinker.  At least I will think that you think that I am a thinker!

I have the uncanny ability to read, hear or otherwise learn a story.  Then with complete clarity, tell you exactly what did not happen in the story.

It’s true. 

For those of you still reading please allow me to demonstrate.

Bill Gates enrolled in Harvard business school in 1973 only to dropout two years later.  He went on to develop Microsoft and become a world-famous billionaire/philanthropist.

Great story huh?  Here is what didn’t happen.  Nobody ran after him when he quit and offered him any type of buffer.  There was no magic 8 ball telling him that it would be OK because he was Bill Gates.  At that time he was just one, on a very long list of people who did not make it.  He had to pay a price for his opportunity.

It took Thomas Edison 10,000 tries to invent the light bulb.  By doing so he created a complete economy and changed the world.

Motivational?  Guess what didn’t happen.  People did not form lines around his house cheering him on through his failures.  He had to wake up every morning and pull himself through the failures, day after day in order to achieve his goal.  If opportunity has a price, then the price is hard work.

Jesus and his disciples watched an elderly woman give a meager amount during her offering.  Jesus said that she had given more than all the rest because she gave everything she had.

Touching isn’t it.  Here is the part that never was.  No one took her money out and gave it back to her.  In fact it doesn’t even say that anyone followed her home to make sure she had something to eat that night.  So opportunity has a price, the price is hard work and everybody pays.

We will all pay for our opportunities with hard work.  The question is for which opportunities will you pay, the opportunity to be mediocre, broke, miserable or less than you are capable of?   Or will you put your hard work and effort into becoming the best you possibly can?  Are you capable of more and if so what are you doing to become that.

I can figure out what did not happen in these stories very easily, because what didn’t happen were the parts that made living the story tough.  We don’t hear about those parts because these are success stories.  These are stories of people who did it right and we like the good parts of their story.

When they tell your story make sure that they leave out the tough parts, because the good parts were so great.

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