You know when you have one of those days where you're trying to think of something brilliant but the ideas just don't come.  That's normally when some genius says to you, "Why don't you just stop trying and it'll come to you naturally?"  When they say that they're right, but what they're not telling you is that the flash of inspiration you're hoping to tap into may not happen for another month.

We all have days like that and because of that I was inspired to share with you a story and a lesson I can loosely remember from Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill.  The lesson is from a famouse quote of Hill's about how most people have their greatest success one step after their greatest failure.  One of my favourite examples of this is the Post-It note.  They were trying to come up with a glue that was the strongest glue in the world.  Given the criteria they had for the new product to succeed they failed miserably.  With a change in perspective though, they went from abject failure to having one of the greatest and most profitable successes in commercial history as very soon almost every office in the world was smothered in Post-It notes.

In the book, Hill tells the story of a man who was famous and wealthy at the time of his writing the book.  This is my interpretation of that story.  In his younger days this man bought a mine with his uncle but they were unable to find the minerals they were looking for and sold the mine.  The buyer had been smart enough to ask them where had been the last place they'd drilled.  Then the buyer got a mineral surveyor in and asked him where the best place to drill a new shaft was in relationship to where the previous owners had drilled.

The surveyor took one look at it and said, "As we stand here facing this direction, you can see where they drilled.  Now, drill three feet to the left and you'll find the minerals you're looking for."  The new owner did what the surveyor told him to do, drilled three feet to the left, and he made tens of millions of dollars off the mine before it played out.  Back in the early part of the 20th Century when the events occurred, that was almost enough to buy a small to medium sized country.

The point of the story then is not "Why don't you just stop trying and it'll just come to you."  The point of the story is persistance is what makes your dreams a reality.  Good things don't happen without you wanting them to happen and putting your desire, belief and energy into making them happen.  Not forcing them to happen but crafting circumstances and events to your will.  If the previous owners of the mine in that story had have done the smart and the courageous thing all that wealth would have been theirs.  Instead, out of frustration they walked away to try their hands at other things.  That can also be a good thing too if your skills and abilities lie in a different field.

Just wanted to give you something to think about.
10/30/2013 16:05:20

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    G'day everyone.  I'm an Aussie Life Coach, Clinical Hypnotist (www.americanallianceofhypnotists.org)  and author with a passion for making every relationship in our lives the best it can be.   I work at local, state, national and international levels.  I am also a Callahan Techniques Thought Field Therapy practitioner trained by Eugene Piccinotti TFT - dx, and I studied Neuro Linguistic Programming Master Practitioner Level (MNLP) under Steve G Jones at the American University of Neuro-Linguistic Programming
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