Going through some old writings and notes, I came across something very powerful one of my first-ever mentors (RIP Mr. Rohn) used to say. "Love the Opportunity"
I will share it with you today. Many of these old notes are what started shaping who I am today. It always brings a smile. I love digital, but it is always special when you go back a couple of decades and see old handwritten notes, scribbles, and papers. The generations of today might not understand the feeling I'm talking about, but a few of us do!
Somebody said you have to love what you do, but that's not necessarily true. What is true is that you have to love the opportunity. The opportunity to build life, future, health, success, and fortune. Knocking on someone's door may not be something you love to do, but you love the opportunity of what might be behind that door.
For example, a guy says, "I'm digging ditches. Should I love digging ditches?" The answer is, "No, you don't have to love digging ditches, but if it is your first entry onto the ladder of success, you say, I'm glad somebody gave me the opportunity to dig ditches and I'm going to do it so well, I won't be here long."
You can be inspired by having found something even though you are making mistakes in the beginning and even though it is a little distasteful taking on a new discipline that you haven't learned before, you don't have to love it, you just have to learn to appreciate it. Appreciate opportunity and appreciate it the person who brought you the good news; that found you.
Appreciate the person who believed in you before you believed in yourself, appreciate the person who said, "Hey, if I can do it, you can do it"
If you will embrace the disciplines associated with the new opportunity you will soon find that your self-confidence starts to grow, that you go from being a skeptic to being a believer. And soon when you go out person to person, talking to people, you will find it to be the most thrilling opportunity in the world. Every person you meet - what could it be? Unlimited!
Maybe a friend for life. The next person could be an open door to retiring. The next person could be a colleague for years to come. It's big time stuff. And sometimes the beginning when we are just getting started we don't always see how big it is.
So, before you are tempted to give up or get discouraged, remember all success is based on long term commitment, faith, discipline, attitude, and a few stepping stones along the way.
You might not like the stone you are on right now, but it's sure to be one of the stones that lead to great opportunities in the future.
Always thankful to individuals such as Jim, who showed me at an early age how to think differently.