The Building of a Railway Bridge of Life by Jan Ruhe
Have you ever compared being the best we can be in life to the building of a bridge? A railroad bridge.
If you leave out a center section, and that section is over a river, the train is going to go right smack into the river no matterhow well all the rest of the span is built. This is not much different than all the tools and systems that in business we need to build a solid, permanent, cohesive, and long-term paying-off sales organization.
If you don’t get from one side of the river to the other, whatever the reason, it doesn’t make any difference how good some parts of the bridge are.
They can be world class and still be useless. In other words, the best tools in the world, if they are not fitted into a system, and if people are not taught how to use those tools, are useless.
What does being the best we can be have to do with bridges/trains?
You are the train. The locomotive. You are pulling a whole string of cars behind you.
You are the leader. You are pulling, much of the time, not just leading by brute force.
You can get a huge string of trains moving, very fast.
Masters teach people how to build their own bridges.
The reason Masters seem to work so little, or work so easily, is that they do not use brute force unless they must take a stand on principle. They may have, early in their careers, but they learned that they will burn themselves out if they continue on that path.
Some people, run around, trying to figure out what to do first, totally unaware that his/her fundamental need in the beginning was to sit down and draw up a plan. Instead, they go running off and thinks taking “action” is something that gets recognition.
Because something is easy to do does not make it the smart thing to do. It just makes it easy. And, fun. At least for a while.
Taking action and getting no results is silly. If what you are doing is not working, stop, look at what you are doing and find another path. Surely there is a road map to follow. Just keep building relationships like bridges. You have to build the whole bridge to make it work. Build relationships, help people get what they want and you will get everything you ever dreamed of!
Labor That Works Miracles by Jim Rohn
Two thousand years ago on April 15th one of Jesus’ disciples came to him and said it was time to pay taxes (that’s how I know it was around April 15th), but they had no money. In response to his disciple’s statement Jesus said “no problem”. Now why could he say “no problem”? Well, word had it that Jesus was a miracle worker. If you hand a problem to a miracle worker what they are inclined to say is “no problem”. You’ve got to hang out with people like that.
I belong to a small group and we do business around the world. These guys are all miracle workers. What an incredible group. If you hand any of them a problem guess what they say, “no problem”. How many books will they read to solve a problem? As many as it takes. If they need to consult – how much consulting will they do? As much as it takes. How early will they get up? As early as it takes. “No problem”… you got to hang out with people like that. You cannot believe the thrill of being associated with miracle workers, people who will do whatever it takes to get the job done and perform miracles.
When asked about paying the taxes Jesus said it was “no problem”. In fact, he said it was going to be easy – he told the disciple to just go fishing. Now it couldn’t have been any easier than that, especially for this disciple whose name was Peter, because Peter was a fisherman. Now if you can fish and you should fish and you don’t fish – then that is why you do not get a miracle. But Jesus told his disciple to go fishing and the first fish that he caught to look in its mouth. Peter, who was used to strange things happening, agreed. Well, the first fish Peter catches, he looks in its mouth and finds coins. Peter then adds up the coins and they are exactly enough to pay his and Jesus’ taxes.
“Wow!”, you might say, “That is a miracle!” Here is why we call it a miracle – simply because we don’t quite understand how it works. That’s all. Doesn’t mean it doesn’t work, it just means we don’t quite understand how it works. Which is true of all miracles. In fact, for most of us – our whole life is a miracle.
How about this miracle…God says if you plant the seed I will make the tree. Wow, you can’t have a better arrangement than that. First, it gives God the tough end of the deal. What if you had to make a tree? That would keep you up late at night trying to figure out how to make a tree. God says, “No, leave the miracle part to me. I’ve got the seed, the soil, the sunshine, the rain and the seasons. I’m God and all this miracles stuff is easy for me. I have reserved something very special for you and that is to plant the seed.”
I have found in life that if you want a miracle you first need to do whatever it is you can do – if that’s to plant, then plant; if it is to read, then read; if it is to change, then change; if it is to study, then study; if it is to work, then work; whatever you have to do. And then you will be well on your way of doing the labor that works miracles.
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