Focus on What You CAN Do
In his book "Be Great," Peter H. Thomas tells the following story...
A man named Bill was having trouble finding work.
He finally found a job as a garbage man.
On Bill's first day, his boss gave him a list of addresses to go to on his route.
Bill looked at the list despondently and confessed that he couldn't read.
"Well," his boss said, "if you can't read, you can't be a garbage man."
So his boss fired him. Feeling sorry for Bill, the boss handed him some bananas and wished him luck.
Bill went to the park to ponder his life.
He sat the bananas down beside him.
A man approached Bill and asked him if he would be willing to sell a banana to him for five cents.
Bill eagerly sold him the banana.
Thinking about what happened, Bill placed the rest of the bananas on the bench in a more noticeable position.
Before an hour was over, he had sold all the bananas.
In fact, the demand had been so high, he raised the price to ten cents each for the last two bananas.
With the money from the sales, he went down to the grocery store and bought some more bananas.
Every day throughout the summer, he went to the park and sold bananas.
He soon branched out to different types of fruit, setting an area for himself at the gate of the park.
Twenty years passed.
Bill found himself in the boardroom of a major company. This major company was in the process of buying his business, which had grown into one of the biggest food distribution companies in the United States -- worth millions of dollars.
When the documents were ready to sign, Bill passed them over to his lawyers to read, telling the purchaser, "I can't read."
"This is unbelievable," the buyer said. "Here you are, so successful, without being able to read. Just imagine what you could have been if you could read."
Bill thought about it for a minute.
Then he said, "Yes, I know what I could have been. I could have been a garbage man."
The reason Thomas (founder of Century 21 Canada and LifePilot) tells this story is to point out that people with winning attitudes don't focus on what they don't have or what they can't do.
They concentrate on what they have and what they can do.
So what about you?
What do you already have that can help you on your journey to living the writer’s life? What past experiences do you have? What can you do?
I invite you to share your own story with me and other AWAI members by posting a comment below.
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