Monday, February 4, 2008

i-TFTD #91: Don't Invite Wealth or Success

i-TFTD #91: Don't Invite Wealth or Success

A woman saw 3 old men sitting in her front yard and said, "You look hungry. Please come in and have something to eat."

"We do not go into a house together," they replied. "Why is that?" she wanted to know.

One of the old men explained: "His name is Wealth," he said pointing to one of his friends, and said pointing to another one, "He is Success, and I am Love." Then he added, "Now go in and discuss with your family which one of us you want in your home."

The woman went in and told her husband. "How nice," he said. "Let us invite Wealth. Let him come and fill our home with wealth!"

His wife disagreed. "My dear, why don't we invite Success?"

Their daughter-in-law, who was listening, jumped in with her own suggestion: "Would it not be better to invite Love? Our home will be filled with love?" The couple decided to heed their daughter-in-law's advice.

The woman went out and said, "Which one of you is Love? Please come in and be our guest."

Love got up and started walking towards the house. The other two also got up and followed him. Surprised, the lady asked, "I only invited Love, why are you coming in?"

The old men replied together, "If you had invited Wealth or Success, the other two of us would've stayed out, but since you invited Love, wherever he goes, we go with him. Wherever there is Love, there is also Wealth and Success!"

One of my new hobbies is to extract useful tips from treacly stories (that earlier used to irritate me -- I am not fond of sweets). So what did I see in the above story? In the context of our work life Love could be interpreted as Passion or Excellence. Most of the really wealthy and successful people never really went after wealth or fame as their goal, they were driven by an intense desire to be the best in something. They pushed themselves and others around them with that vision. Wealth and success automatically followed. Eventually. So Patience and Persistence were probably two other old men already inside their house!

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