A Key to Your Success
by Albin Dittli
Years ago someone told me this story. It has stuck with me all these years.
In this small town one bright day the funeral house was preparing for a funeral the next morning. They hired a couple of grave diggers. They went out to the cemetery and dug a nice deep grave. Their work done, they went home, leaving the grave open for the funeral the next morning.
Later that night Sam, a frequent visitor to one of the local bars, finally decided to go home. He choose to go through the cemetery. Not watching too well where he was going this dark cloudy night, he had the misfortune of falling into the newly dug grave.
Sam was unhurt and just a little scared. Of course he tried to climb out, but was unsuccessful in his attempts. After about an hour he gave up and set down in a corner of the grave, waiting for the morning to come.
A while later another visitor to one of the local bars started to walk home. This was old Jack. He walked an unsteady course on uncertain legs. While taking the shortcut through the cemetery he stumbled over a couple of head stones before falling into that open grave.
It took Jack a few moments to get his bearings. When he realized that he was in a grave he started to try climbing out.
Sam silently watched Jack's efforts to climb out. He knew that old Jack was wasting his time and energy trying to climb out, because he had tried and failed. So he decided to tell Jack that he was wasting his time.
Thus it happened that as old Jack was trying to climb out he heard a voice declare, “You'll never get out of here.”
Jack was completely surprised and totally scared by the voice. He took one mighty leap that would have shamed most high jumpers. His hands grasped the grass on the rim and his instantly strong arms pulled him over the top in a flash. His once wobbly legs carried his now very alert body out of the cemetery faster then the local high school track champion could have run it in the daylight.
Sam was found in the grave the next morning when the funeral started.
Why was Jack able to get out when Sam could not? Jack was much more motivated then Sam was. True, Jacks motivation was fueled by fear. Fear is a very common form of motivation.
Whether Jack changed his life because of this experience is not known. Perhaps he stopped drinking. Almost certainly he avoided the cemetery at night.
To be successful at anything requires motivation
The great athletes of the world all had a strong desire to achieve that motivated them to practice hour after hour, day after day, and year after year. They kept going despite all obstacles. They refused to give up. They look upon failures as just temporary setbacks.
There was a man that went bankrupt in business, was defeated for the legislature, had a nervous breakdown, was defeated for U.S. Congress three times, was defeated for U.S. Senate two times, and was defeated for U.S. Vice President. However, he had a strong desire to serve his country, which motivated him to run for president of the United States. The man, Abraham Lincoln, was elected president.
Abraham Lincoln would not let setbacks stop him. His desire to serve kept him motivated for thirty years until he finally won the presidency.
Thomas Edison had a burning desire to create a light bulb so that people would have the benefit of good light. He tried thousands of ways to make a light bulb before he was finally successful. He was motivated and would not let those many failures stop him. Instead, he learnt from his failures. The world is a better place because he would not give up.
You and I may not be trying to become an Olympic gold medal winner or have a goal to become president of the United States or be working on some invention that will change the world forever. Or maybe we are.
Most of us are just trying to be successful with our families, raising them well and providing for them. Perhaps we're trying to get a house without a mortgage, trying to be successful at Internet marketing or some other home business so that we have more freedom and more time to be with our family.
As we work to achieve these goals we will have setbacks. Setbacks and trials are a part of this life. We cannot escape them. However, we can choose how we let them affect us.
We can let setbacks become a stumbling block and lose sight of our goal, lose our motivation to succeed. When this happens it is sad.
It is much better to accept setbacks as a fact of life, learn from them, and use them as stepping stone to reach higher and become closer to your goal.
Whatever your goal is, you had a good reason for setting it. You were motivated to achieve it. Never give up. Keep your goal in your mind continually. Do not let setbacks and trials dowse your burning desire to reach your goal. Those that stay on the path, despite all obstacles, eventually reach their destination.
We do not have to face setbacks alone. We have family and friends that can help us and keep us motivated. We can receive inspiration from good authors like Napoleon Hill, Og Mandino, Dale Carnegie, Steven K. Scott, Mark Victor Hansen, and Stephen R. Covey, and from good books like the Chicken Soup series and the bible.
Success could be just around the corner. Keep going forward. Never give up your burning desire to succeed. Successful people never give up. Each of us can be successful.
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