I was talking with someone I met at a networking event yesterday and as she was giving me a list of reasons about why she was having challenges with her business. As she stood there complaining, I was reminded of an event from my childhood.
I was 9 years old, standing in the kitchen watching my mother prepare dinner. As she was stirring something on the stove, my father came home, walked up behind her, put his arms around her waist, and handed her a little black velvet box.
As I watched my mother open the box with wide-eyed amazement, wondering what treasure might lie inside this little black box, I could hardly contain myself. Presents weren't a common thing in our home and through childhood dreams of fairy tales and wonder, I watched her slowly open the box.
As she opened the lid, there, nestled inside the velvet case was a beautiful purplish stone surrounded by diamonds. I thought that surely this would put a smile on my mothers face. I waited for my mother to turn around and return my father's embrace; just like in the movies. Instead of hugs, my mother snapped the box closed and ran; crying, from the room.
It wasn't until many years later that I understood my mother's reaction to the ring. You see, my father was famous for quitting every job he ever had and since he had just quit his most current job, my parents could not even afford to feed my brothers and sister and I; let alone buy a shiny opal ring surrounded by diamonds.
I am often reminded of this event when I hear someone say they can not afford to invest in themselves. People can't seem to find the money to buy a self-help book, take a class, hire a coach, go to counseling, go back to school (the list is endless) but they will find a way to pay for cable, buy that new video game, the latest gadget, or the last round during happy hour.
Life truly is all about choices! The choices you make today can bring you closer to success or move you farther away from success. You can choose to turn off the TV and read a book. You can also choose to watch the TV to find out who won the dance contest or got a date with the bachelor. One choice will bring you closer to success and one will prolong your success. Shopping and presents are fine for awhile, but success will give you a permanent smile!
Just a thought!