By Tom Hyland
True Story - prompted by trying to help a Friend get through some rough times.
Both Dale Carnegie and "The Secret" said the same thing:
CBA ... CONCEIVE - BELIEVE - ACHIEVE!
© - Tom Hyland - 7/25/11
Back in 1980 or so, winter time - snow coming down - beautiful, but colder than a witch's what-a-call-it ... was trying to sell Insurance on Straight Commissions, and failing miserably. At work on Monday morning (PAYDAY) - expected a big check for over $600 for prior week's sales - Received check for $1.56 - Duh? people changed their minds, canceled, and hit with 'charge-backs. Two kids - ten & eight in private parochial school.
Long day at work, making phone calls to try & set appointments, went on one at 6 pm - no sale. Got home to a cold house - out of heating oil! Started a fire in fireplace, went to Ford's store up the road & got $5.00 worth of No. 2 Kerosene. Back home, froze as I poured 5 gallons into pipe out back. Down to basement, had to 'prime' pump in furnace to get it started. It fired up! YAY! We would not freeze tonight! Those 5 gallons would last about 2 days!
WHY? Stubbornness - determined to succeed after investing 6 years into this business - DUMB! Was behind in 3 months' Mortgage payments, but Thank God & Carroll County Bank for working with me! Tevis Oil Co. would NOT deliver unless I paid $150. CASH up front! Credit Sucked!
Just before Christmas, my Boss, Don Silver, the Manager, handed me $450. cash and said: "Fill up your tank, get some presents for the kids - and DON'T pay any bills!" He was Jewish - with a Good Heart - and we were GOYS! This was a meager Christmas, but we survived.
In January, I RESIGNED - got a REAL JOB, in management with a steady paycheck, and caught up all bills! 2.5 years later, we sold our Custom-Built home on 2 Acres for $135,000 - moved into a smaller home (with natural gas heat) and walked away from both settlements with $13,000 CASH IN THE BANK! First time in our lives! We took our two kids to Disney World in Orlando, First 2-week vacation in many years, and lived 'High off the Hog' for quite some time!
Moral of the Story?
Oft-Times, we are our own Worst Enemies!
Sometimes we 'Can't see the Forest for the Trees!'
Often it is necessary to 'Bite the Bullet' -
i.e. give up our WANTS and succumb to our NEEDS!
A lot of PRAYER & BELIEF helps too! Cuz Tom, The Ole Philosopher!
P.S. - 1982 was the last time I MOWED those Damned Two Acres!
Was able to spend ‘More Quality Time’ with my kids, and Wife also!
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