It’s funny the lessons you learn in the most unexpected ways.
To be honest, my friends really are jerks. They’re just not as big of jerks as maybe I portrayed them to be in Part 1 of this post.
And for the record, they NEVER made me cry and I don’t need therapy (at least not yet). Just thought I should throw that out there.
The truth is though, that fortune cookie really was a life changer for me. In fact, that whole chopstick incident was packed full of life lessons.
I’m not a big guy….6’2” and 180lbs…but I can eat.
I can eat a lot.
So when chopsticks weren’t working for me, I went straight for what I knew WOULD work…
Let everyone else show off their fancy chopstick skills, I actually wanted to get some food in my mouth.
Here’s the lesson…
It doesn’t matter what everyone ELSE is doing, YOU have to do what works for YOU.
Now keep this chopstick story in mind, as we’re going to be coming back to it. For now though, just remember…
It doesn’t matter what everyone else is doing, you have to do what works for you. And add to that what we talked about in the previous post … Just do something.
Article marketing? Clickbank? eBay? This guru’s latest product? That guru’s latest system?
Just do something.
BUT the million dollar question is…
How do you know what “something” works for you?
I have had many wonderful experiences with the trusted fork.
Spaghetti. Chocolate cake. Baked potato.
It was EXPERIENCE that led me to break the chopsticks and pick up the fork, in spite of what everyone else was doing.
But how do you gain experience?
We’re not born with it.
It is developed over time through trial and error.
Believe it or not, there was a time when I was unfamiliar with the fork.
There was a time when it was awkward, and unrefined. A time when it, like the chopsticks, just didn’t work.
And yes, there were times when out of frustration I would resort back to what was then most familiar…
Granted, I couldn’t break the fork like I could the chopsticks, but I could chunk it across the room.
Which leads us to another lesson…
Fear prevents evolution.
Fear limits growth.
Fear robs us of valuable experience.
It took TIME to master the fork, as it will take TIME to master the chopsticks. But in TIME, through TRAIL and ERROR, and LEARNING and EVOLVING, experience is formed.
We grow. We change. We learn. We become better.
So the question…
What does this have to do with you?
You are about to embark on the journey of a lifetime, a journey to wealth and financial independence. A journey to prosperity and financial freedom. A journey to online wealth.
But along this journey there are going to be roadblocks, detours, and setbacks of all sorts and sizes.
Some rice is going to fly, and some eggs are going to drop. And you will inevitably find yourself in the great tension known to all who have gone before you.
On one hand, you must ignore the noise and distractions and taunts of your chopstick loving friends. You must do what works for you.
But on the other hand, you will never progress forward unless you take risk, unless you learn, unless you work through the unfamiliarity until experience is formed.
At times you will be tempted to throw the chopsticks down…you will be tempted to give up on your Internet Marketing dreams.
Let everyone around you work their 9 to 5 dead-end jobs, but you…
…you pursue something bigger.
Not because you’re better, but because you’re dedicated.
Rock on then,