June 18, 2018
It is even better to act quickly and err than to hesitate until the time of action is past.
Carl von Clausewitz
One of the things that bothered many of my colleagues was my impatience. I regulary would say “let’s quit talking about it and just do it.” All but the youjng seem to me start thinking about we they can’t do something before why they should do something.
I think we would all be better off if more would would decide not to wait to do spme good for far too often wait turns to never. i Know the world would hane missed the chance to improve millions of lives if Naipaulian Hill had hesitated. Here is his story.
Worse than a Bad Decision
Do you know why 95% of people out there never “have enough” of anything and find themselves lost, confused, and constantly searching for the reason WHY?
The answer is simple…
“Most people will lose more to indecision than they will to a bad decision.”
— Andrew Carnegie
This is not only the truth; it is the Number One reason people remain unsuccessful in their lives. Even the unsuccessful people aware of this principle remain unconvinced of how powerful decisions are and how debilitating indecision can be.
Let me ask you this…If someone asked you to give up the next 20 years of your life, without being paid, how long would it take you to make that decision?
Maybe you know the story of Andrew Carnegie (believed to be the world’s first Billionaire – see footnote below).He called a young cub reporter into his office and asked him to devote 20 years to interviewing only the world’s richest people in order to share ‘The Secret’ of wealth, success, and happiness with the rest of the world.
But, did you know that Mr. Carnegie secretly held a stopwatch beneath his desk and gave Napoleon Hill only 60 seconds to answer yes or no before he would lose the opportunity forever? Mr. Carnegie knew that if Napoleon required more time to think about it then he was the wrong guy.
You see, Mr. Carnegie knew that ‘Successful People’ make decisions quickly. Napoleon Hill took 32 seconds to say YES… and his lack of indecision led to the writing of “Think and Grow Rich,” the best-selling book responsible for helping to create an estimated One Million Millionaires!
Born into poverty in 1883, Napoleon Hill rose to become one of the world’s most distinguished and respected authors of all time. He moved from newspaper reporter to law student to working for Andrew Carnegie, and became a confidant and advisor to businessmen and presidents. Hill has counted among his many associates Franklin D. Roosevelt, Mahatma Gandhi, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and hundreds of other world leaders.
There are many persons ready to do what is right because in their hearts they know it is right. But they hesitate, waiting for the other fellow to make the make the first move – and he, in turn, waits for you.
A teenage girl had been talking on the phone for about half an hour, and then she hung up.
“Wow!” said her father, “That was short. You usually talk for two hours. What happened?”
“Wrong number…” replied the girl.
God gave us two ends. One to sit on and one to think with. Success depends on which one you use; heads you win, tails, you lose.
Abe was well known for his cheapness and his ‘eye for a bargain’. One day he was looking for a cheap wedding present for his niece, so he went into a thrift shop. As he was walking around, he noticed what was previously an expensive glass crystal vase lying in the corner. It was in 3 pieces. After some haggling with the owner, Abe bought the broken vase for $5. He then filled in the congratulations card, wrote out his niece’s name and address and gave the owner another $5 so that the broken vase could be gift wrapped and mailed. Abe then left the shop feeling quite pleased with himself. He expected his niece to think the vase had broken in the mail.
A few days later, he called his niece to see if the present had arrived.
“Yes, Uncle Abe, but unfortunately, it was in 3 pieces when it was delivered.”
“What terrible luck.” said Abe, “The Post Office is getting worse all the time.”
“It’s a shame,” she replied. “It was so beautifully wrapped. Each piece separately.”
An Arkansas State trooper pulls over a pickup truck on I-40 and says to the driver, “Got any ID?”
The driver says, “‘Bout what?”
A friend was lecturing in Latin America. He was going to use a translator, but to identify with his audience, he wanted to begin his talk by saying in Spanish, “Good evening, ladies and gentlemen.” He arrived at the auditorium a little early and realized he did not know the Spanish words for ladies and gentlemen. Being rather resourceful, he went to the part of the building where the restrooms were, looked at the signs on the two doors, and memorized those two words.
When the audience arrived and he was introduced, he stood up and said in Spanish, “Good evening, ladies and gentlemen.” The audience was shocked. The people seemed stunned. He didn’t know whether he had offended them or perhaps they hadn’t heard him or understood him. So he decided to repeat it. Again in Spanish he said, “Good evening, ladies and gentlemen.”
One person in the audience began to snicker. Pretty soon the entire audience was laughing. Finally, someone told him that he had said, “Good evening, bathrooms and broom closets!”
The best way to predict your future is to create it.
While attending a marriage seminar on communication, Morris and his wife listened to the instructor declare, “It is essential that husbands and wives know the things that are important to each other.”
He addressed the man, “Can you describe your wife’s favorite flower?” Morris leaned over, touched his wife’s arm gently and whispered, “Pillsbury All-Purpose, isn’t it?”
“The only thing a person can ever really do is keep moving forward. Take that big leap forward without hesitation, without once looking back. Simply forget the past and forge toward the future.”
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