Moving Forward

A man constantly complained about his job – it was dirty; it was smelly and it was hard.  “What do you do?” I asked.  “I walk behind the elephants in the circus and I clean up after them.”  So I asked him why he didn’t quit and he answered me with pride and indignation, “What?  And give up show business?”

In some ways, it’s the same for most of us (well – maybe not show biz).  We have to clean up one thing before we can get the next thing done.  There are different phases to almost any job – certainly, to any business.  Inevitably we love the show business, but there are always parts that are dirty and smelly.  Or simply something we don’t like to do. 

Invariably, this explains the dreadful statistics on failure – 95% of new businesses fail within a year and 95% of the remaining ones don’t make it past 5 years… because we hate cleaning up after ourselves or some phase of the game that we don’t like. 

One thing we can do is spend one hour every week working on our business, instead of just working.  If we spend one hour on cleaning up one week, we could figure out how to make it less onerous.  If you lay out all the different jobs you have in your business and spend one hour a week on one of them – then in 10-12 weeks you will have covered all of them – and then you start over.

Oh?  Was I talking about business?  Maybe I’m talking about life.  Your life has dirty, smelly, uncomfortable parts, too.  If you could spend an hour a week on each of those parts, your life will change dramatically.

Useful Quotes

 When I let go of what I am, I become what I can be.
Lao Tzu

We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.
Anais Nin

Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.

Brian Tracy

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