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Here’s an everyday, ordinary, unassuming guru that came my way and helped me understand something a little better. This was many years back. Steve, my landscaper found himself constantly ensnared in one new problem after another. These problems, according to him, ate up all of his time. “I barely have time to live, let alone get ahead,” he’d say.
He would weekly tell me about the battles he was fighting, with his ex-wife or his neighbor, or in small claims court with a customer, or with the city regarding property taxes he owed. It became clear to me that he felt a false sense of superiority, and insisted he’d prove it by evading his responsibilities.
One day, as he was raving on about how unjust life can be to him, he accidentally said, “I should change who I am. I sound like a sideshow barker raving on about how everyone’s a freak who tries to screw me.” He stopped, looked up at the sky for a moment, and then shook his head and said, “You know, Mr. White, I actually should work on changing who I am, since I cannot seem to change the system in which I live. And barking about it constantly certainly hasn’t worked.”
That was a learning moment for Steve. He gulped and asked me, “Do you think that’s what I should do? Should I spend more time changing my bad habits and less time fighting the system and sounding like a sideshow barker when describing the people I’m battling with?” I didn’t have to answer. He knew he was onto something.
I pondered that conversation many times after that. How many times have I had to change my habitual way of reacting to life in order to win at what I was aspiring to do. I could not have quit teaching and become very successful in real estate development, and then a successful restaurateur, and then a best-selling book author without changing my habitual way of being, not once, but again and again.
Thank you Steve, for helping me to truly understand that the key to living successfully is to change who I am being again and again until I hit the mark. Steve was my everyday guru that day. His conversation helped me to appreciate the gift we all have – which is to design ourselves anew if we don’t like our view of what is coming our way. That is what makes being human so remarkable. We can decide who we are going to be, and from that we can design our personal destiny.
What does this have to do with you? Perhaps you’ll share a thought or two about how you’ve created yourself anew so you could attract a new future to unfold for you. Or perhaps you’ll share about a guru who passed by you and offered you a golden truth. I will share it on this website.
Blessings and Love to you, Rob
PS. I have left you something on the table to ponder. What would you change about you if you were to recreate yourself anew? Give that some thought, and even takes some notes before going to sleep tonight.
PPS. “Whosoever would be a teacher of others, let him first be a teacher of himself.” – Rob White