A beggar had been sitting by the side of the road for thirty years.
One day a stranger walked by. “Spare some change?” mumbled the beggar.
“I have nothing to give you,” said the stranger.
Then he asked: “What’s that you’re sitting on?”
“Nothing, ” replied the beggar. “Just an old box. I’ve been sitting on it for as long as I can remember.”
“Ever look inside?,” asked the stranger.
“No,” said the beggar. “What’s the point, there’s nothing in there.”
“Have a look inside,” insisted the stranger.
The beggar, reluctantly, managed to pry open the lid.
With astonishment, disbelief, and elation, he saw that the box was filled with gold.
I cannot recall if this story was from Hinduism or Buddhism, but the story itself is one that makes frequent appearances in my mind. I can even “hear” Jesus’ message when I read this story. I typically stay away from religious references, but this story perfectly illustrates a thought I have had the last few days.
Why do so many people waste away while they sit on skills that would allow them to reach any goal they set? I wish more people realized they are the solution to their own problems!
Back in January I wrote an article Top Things Wealthy People Do, and in that article I outlined certain habits that wealthy people employ. It was a great comparison to illustrate the importance of which habits you choose to implement in your life and the effect the will have on your success. This article tackles the same topic but comes to a slightly different reason for kids not learning good life habits. Check it out: