I knew a guy who just couldn’t seem to get a break. He was always hustling, getting involved in one business after another, but always finding himself in financial trouble.
This guy did everything he could to portray himself as a success, as a man of money and poise. What bothered him most was that he couldn’t figure out why so many people bad-mouthed him. He’d say, “I work hard to make a good living, but look how people gossip and put me down.”
He came to me one day and asked for advice. I told him the truth, “I can’t reveal to you what I know about you because you will just get angry.”
“Damn it, tell me,” he said, “I can take it.”
I decided to let him have the truth as I saw it. “You’re willing to work hard, but you’re always trying to hustle someone. And in the end, it never works for you. Only when you understand that you receive value for value given, will you begin to attract the money you yearn to make. With the vanishing of the illusion that hustling is the quick way to riches, you will open the door to a new world of business.”
This guy took me seriously. It took him a while to act on the advice I gave him, but within a couple of years he’d opened a very successful dry cleaning company. He now has three locations in prosperous communities with his dry cleaning business.
The truth that hurts is the truth that heals. He was ready. Perhaps I’d hurt his feelings, but he acted on the truth I offered, and he’s prospering from it.
What truth are you refusing to look at? Nothing stands in the way of your dreams except some truth that you’re refusing to deal with.