Life can be tough, confusing and downright difficult to navigate. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a simple principle or practice that we could implement that would help us make more money, lose weight, achieve happiness and become more successful? Well, guess what? There is.
But, before I get to that I want to share with you a short story.
So there was a young 25 year old lad named Dan. He was often sad, depressed and angry. He had very few friends, he worked in a corporate job he didn’t like, and he could never find time to exercise or create music, both things he really enjoyed. It wasn’t unusual for Dan to reflect on his life and complain about everything that wasn’t right, and how he wished things would get better.
It wasn’t until one day when Dan was riding the train to work one morning that something remarkable happened. Dan sat down, placed his backpack to his side and sighed. Just as he was about to put his headphones in, the man sitting next to him perked up “What’s wrong buddy, is everything okay?”.
“What?” Dan snapped back.
“Well.” He said. “I couldn’t help but notice the look on your face, you seem sad. Is everything alright?”
Dan paused for a moment, and then began to explaining to the man. “I travel on the same damn train everyday, going to the same job I don’t enjoy, to return home to the same apartment, cook dinner, go to sleep and then repeat the process everyday. My life sucks, and theres nothing I can do about it.”
The man looked into Dans eyes for a moment, smiled, and then responded. “It sure is a shame that you’re deaf, blind and paralyzed. Where is your wheelchair?”
“Excuse me!” Dan gasped. “What the hell are you on about?”
“Well, unless you are deaf, blind and have no ability to think or move, then what is stopping you from making your life better?” The man seemed almost angry. He leaned in and said in a stern and passionate voice. “For gods sake man, if you want something to change, YOU have to change something! How else do you expect things will get better?”
The story of Dan and the man on the train illustrates such a powerful, but ridiculously simple lesson, we could all do well to apply to our own lives.
If you don’t like the job you’re in, look for another job.
If you don’t have the skills you need for that job, read books, participate in a course, watch videos online.
If you want to be more happy, do more of the things you enjoy.
If you want more fulfilment in your life, get to work finding out what your passion is.
I could go on forever, but as the man said:
“If you want something to change, change something!”
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