Tuesday, July 19th, 2016
There’s a story about a young man who lived during the Gold Rus. An older, wiser man observed him passing by obvious ‘flecks’ of gold in the stream, and asked him why. The young man said he was searching for the big ‘nuggets’ of gold. The old man pulled out his pouch and said “The patient accumulation of these little flecks has brought me great wealth.”
What are the ‘flecks’ of gold that you are passing by in life? Are you looking for the big victory, but missing out on the many small wins that will bring you more happiness and success? Life-long accomplishment comes from the small, consistent wins along the way.
Don’t underestimate the value of hard work. Everyone who takes an idea and makes it into something valuable does it through hard work. Tied very closely to hard word is perseverance, continuing forward without regard to discouragement, opposition or previous failure.
The downside to hard work and perseverance is they take time. Good things don’t happen overnight. Creating value, and creating meaning in your life, take time: time to start, time to build, time to realize the results.
If we let it, the amount of time it takes to build ideas into successes can be discouraging. However, if we move forward with a positive attitude, work hard and keep going, the successes will come. Slow starts can be challenging, but with perseverance they can be a tremendous blessing.
Summing-up: If you feel like you are stuck in a situation that you can’t easily overcome, keep at it, keep going, persevere. Gather—and appreciate—the ‘flecks’ of gold that show up in your life. Don’t quit.