Going to narrate an event that happened few years back, but embedded in my thoughts as if it happened yesterday, I was in an audience listening to a motivational Business Leader. The speaker whipped out his wallet and pulled out a 100 euro bill and asked “Who wants this 100 euro note?” Immediately lots of hands were in the air, including mine. All humming quietly “Me !”
I was wondering who would get it, or is it some kind of gimmick ? Even as the shouts of “I want it” grew louder, I noticed a young woman running down the aisle.
She ran up onto the stage, and grabbed the note from his hand. “Well done, young lady,” said the speaker into the microphone. This goes on to show that “Most of us just wait for good things to happen. But forget that You’ve got to make things happen. Waiting is of no use”. The words stayed with me ever since.
Our lives are like that. We all see opportunities around us. We all want the good things. But the problem is we don’t take action.We all want happiness, love, fun, travel on offer. But we don’t make the move. We look at it longingly and wonder who will be the lucky one — instead of making our own luck.
To be fair, some of us do think of running onto the stage and grabbing the opportunity. But we quickly hold ourselves back, because we worry about others thoughts.
Has it ever happened to you that you see a successful product, a flourishing new business and reminded yourself of how you had thought of that very idea many years ago? Well, that’s not worth much.
You may have had the idea first, merely thinking about it is not going to work .
Do something. Next time you see an opportunity — think of this event and grab the 100 euro bill.
Few years later, it was another day, another time.And another motivational Guru.
As I watched him pull out a 100 euro bill and hold it up for all to see, I thought I knew what he was going to do next. But he just asked a simple question. “How much is this worth?”
“Hundred euros!” the crowd yelled in unison.
“Right,” said the speaker. He then took the note and crumpled it into a ball and asked “How much is it worth now?”
“Hundred euros!” screamed the audience.
He then threw the note on the ground, stamped all over it and picked up the note and asked one more time: “And how much is it worth now?”
“Hundred euros!” was the response.
“I want you to remember this,” said the speaker.
“Just because someone crumples it, or stamps on it, the value of the note does not diminish.
We should all be like the Hundred euro note.
In our lives, there will be times when we feel crushed, stamped over, beaten. But never let your self-worth diminish. Don’t allow your self-worth to diminish because someone says something nasty — or does something dirty — to you.”
Good lessons to remember as you embark into a Leap year.
2012 promises to be your best year ever. Just get up and make it happen !!