Monday, November 14, 2011

a different perspective


In his book, Attitude 101, John Maxwell tells the story of two shoe salesmen who were sent to an island to sell shoes. The first salesman, upon arrival, was shocked to see that no one wore shoes. Immediately, he sent a telegram to home office saying, "Will return home tomorrow. No one here wears shoes." The second salesman was thrilled by the same sight. He wired home office saying, "Please send me 10,000 shoes. Everyone here needs them."

Maxwell also tells the story of how in ancient Israel, when Goliath came up against the Hebrews, the soldiers all thought, "He's so big, we can never kill him." David looked at the same giant and thought, "He's so big, I can't miss."

Isn't it amazing what seeing the glass as half-full can do? It's really about perspective: seeing things differently.

Finally, Maxwell talks about his friend in Ohio who drove eighteen-wheelers for an interstate trucking company. Knowing the hundreds of miles he logged weekly, Maxwell once asked him how he kept from getting extremely tired. "It's all in your attitude," he replied. "Some drivers 'go to work' in the morning, but I 'go for a ride in the country'"


So on this first day back at the office this week, hope you see beyond just 'going to work'.

Photo from sparklesandpretending and everythingfab.

Click here for a previous post about seeing Mondays differently.

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