Logic Of The Day: 18.02.2019.
“You can’t change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.” -Jim Rohn.
There was once a set of twin boys. Their father was an alcoholic. He abused them and let his addiction tear their family apart. The twin sons grew up.
One son also developed an addiction to alcohol, and let it tear his family and career apart. When asked how his life ended up this way, the first son simply responded, “My father was an alcoholic, so I had no choice.”
Meanwhile, the second son grew up to be a successful entrepreneur. He had a beautiful family and was a respected leader in the community. He never drank alcohol. When asked how his life ended up this way, the second son simply responded, “My father was an alcoholic, so I had no choice. I had to change.”
You can’t change your past, but you can change how you respond to the future.
This parable has a special meaning to me, because I can relate. Growing up in a home that endured alcoholism, bankruptcy, divorce, and family estrangement, I had a choice to make — either end up like those before me, or change.
So I changed. I chose to work my ass off in counseling, therapy, and even a 12-step program for my addiction to pornography. I committed to have an incredible marriage (and nearly 5 years later, my marriage is better than I could have ever hoped).
None of this would have been possible without an enormous amount of hard work.
You might be thinking that the amount of hard work your idea life requires is too much, that the price is too high.
But in the words of the great American author Frank Crane, “If I were a young artist, I would paint soap advertisements, if that were all opportunity offered, until I got ahead enough to indulge in the painting of madonnas and landscapes. If I were a young musician, I would rather play in a street band than not at all. If I were a young writer, I would do hack work, if necessary, until I became able to write the Great American Novel.
I would go to work. Nothing in all this world I have found is so good as work.”
~Anthony Moore (Your Greatest Superpower is Your Work Ethic)
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