"Once there were 3 bricklayers. Each one of them was asked what they were doing, by the owner of the brick laying company. Which he owned a Phantom Rolls Royce. Unaware he was the owner he parked the car around the corner and asked :'What are you doing?'
The first man answered gruffly,
'I'm laying bricks, for some guy in the hot sun that owns a car worth my than my house.'
He asked the second man 'What are you doing?'
The second man replied,
'I'm putting up a wall in the hot sun, and I was told I would work up to be a manager, I've been working for 3 weeks. I'm still not a manager. I think I'm going to quit don't tell the boss.'
He asked the third man, but the third man said enthusiastically and with pride,
'I'm building a cathedral, and it will be the most beautiful cathedral you've ever seen in your entire life!'"
Now, instead of brick layers replace them with people in training, owner = Larry Hahn, and empire in place of cathedral. -Chris Westphal
This story clearly reveals two secrets of success:
Your attitude towards whatever you are doing determines your ultimate level of success. As Brian Tracy said, "You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you."
2. Ability to See the Bigger Picture
Being able to see the end result, rather than just the task, eliminates obstacles, focuses your energy, and provides motivation to excel. A great quote by Alvin Toffler to reflect on, "You've got to think about big things while you're doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction."
More thoughts to consider:
"The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution." Bertrand Russell
"The only disability in life is a bad attitude." Scott Hamilton
"Give yourself an even greater challenge than the one you are trying to master and you will develop the powers necessary to overcome the original difficulty." William Bennett
"Could we change our attitude, we should not only see life differently, but life itself would come to be different." Katherine Mansfield
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