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The Other Guy – Success is Mindsight

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I’m thinking about two men who were fairly successful, similar background. They work for a corporation for many years, and they were among many people who were laid off.

Two guys who were very good friends. One went on looking for a job for several weeks, along with the other one, and they faced disappointment, and rejection; again and again. They couldn’t find any work.

One guy stopped. He became discouraged. He stopped going. He stayed at home looking at television. Became argumentative with his wife. Drinking beer, getting on the phone talking to his other negative unemployed friends… and he just gave up! One guy said,
It’s not possible, it’s over, I’m finished! I can’t do it. I can’t make it.” He surrendered.
I’ve faced rejection again and again! I’m not going anymore; there’re no jobs out there!”

But this other guy, he felt that in spite of the no’s and rejections; in spite of how bad the economy is; in spite of what the newspapers are saying – that it’s possible. That somebody somewhere, someone will give me a job. So he just kept going, thinking it was possible.

What was the difference between the two men? Eyesight and mindsight. Eyesight is judging on what on you see; judging according to appearances. But mindsight, is how you interpret what you see.

The other guy kept looking for a job everywhere he’d go. Every time he’d get an opportunity he kept asking people, networking, checking the newspapers every day. He went to a place and said,

Look here I tell you buddy – You can’t hire me, but I know you can use my talents, abilities, and skills. I don’t want to just sit home and do nothing. Just let me do some volunteer work. You don’t have to give me anything, alright? I just want to work; I want to be busy.”
The guy said, “Okay it’s on you now. But don’t expect me to give you anything it’s okay.”

This guy came in and worked! He was the first one there and the last to leave – he was the best employee there. About four weeks later, one of the top managers quit. They were looking for a replacement – guess who they selected? This other guy. This guy who was volunteering his time. He got the job!

There are losers, and there are others who have not discovered how to win. And all they need is some coaching. All they need is some help and assistant, just a little bit of support.

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