One day, a man decides that he wants to be wealthy, important, successful.
So he goes down to the river and decides he’s going to dig for treasure. He’s looking for buried cash.
He digs and digs for hours on end, but finds nothing but rocks.
He digs through the morning and beyond lunch, completely forgetting to eat. He digs through the afternoon and into the evening, frustrated that all he keeps finding are rocks, and tossing them aside.
He finally retires for the night, dejected and worn out and feeling like a failure.
The next day, he’s out making holes again.
He keeps at it for days. No treasure chests, no mason jars, no cash.
One day, a guy drives up in a brand new Porsche and parks just a few yards away.
With a sidelong glance, the digging man thinks he’s obviously privileged, driving a car like that.
While the man digs, the rich man waits and watches.
The digging man works through lunch, while the rich man snoozes.
With each push of the shovel, the digging man’s disdain grows. He wonders why he’s working all day, with nothing to show for it, while the rich man relaxes in his air-conditioned Porsche. It doesn’t seem fair.
He finally storms over to the man’s car and yells, “How come you’ve got so much money?! I deserve to have a nice home! I deserve to have opportunities like you! I deserve a Porsche, damnit!! It’s not fair!!!”
To which the rich man replies, “It’s easy, brother. Those rocks you’ve been shoveling are gold and you’re re leaving piles of it on the river bank, every day. All I do is wait for the opportunities you’re leaving behind. All you’ve got to do is take it, but you don’t… You just leave it behind for others to take!”
How many opportunities are you missing in life?
How many great ideas or passions have you passed up thinking, “That’s not for me,” or, “Now’s not the right time,” while someone else comes and snatches it up, effortlessly?
How many times have you looked at others and thought, “Why is it so easy for them? Why don’t I have those kinds of opportunities?”
Your whole life you’ve been digging up piles of gold. Everything you have done, heard, seen and learned are the experiences that have made YOU the treasure that you are, right now.
YOU are the gold.
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