We Interrupt Our Regularly Scheduled Program

Today we were going to continue yesterday’s discussion of doing what you love and motivation. We’ll do that tomorrow. (No, I’m not suffering a lack of motivation…)

Doing what you love doesn’t mean “easy”. It may not feel like work when you love it, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re getting off the hook either. There are going to be stumbles along the way. The key to success is persistence.

I was reminded of this today when I stumbled upon something I’ve read before. Whenever I read it, I laugh (out loud). This time I found it in Success Built to Last ( a great read, by the way). Check it out (I’ll paraphrase):

A guy is walking down a path and comes across a wise old monk. He asks the monk “Which way to success?” The monk says nothing, but gestures down the path.

The guy is ecstatic.

Moments later, you hear “splat!” It takes awhile, but the guy stumbles back up the path towards the monk thinking he made a wrong turn. “Which way?” he asks again. The monk points down the path. The guy sighs, nods, and sets out again this time determined to find success.


Here comes the guy…back up the path…battered, bruised, broken and angry. Screaming at the monk, he demands to know why the monk sent him off (twice!) in the direction of disaster. “No more pointing! Talk!”

The monk calmly replies “success that way. Just a little past splat.”

C’mon now. Admit it. You laughed.

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