Published on February 25, 2009
Play The Game By Your Rules
I Have One Philosophy For Life… We essentially have two choices in life. First, we can be average, molded by the people around us and basically marginalized by doing what society wants us to do. Second, we can take a stand, choosing not to play by the rules and simply doing things in a way that makes sense to us.
We essentially have two choices in life.
First, we can be average, molded by the people around us and basically marginalized by doing what society wants us to do.
Second, we can take a stand, choosing not to play by the rules and simply doing things in a way that makes sense to us.
Taking the Road Less Traveled—Option 2 This philosophy can also be applied to your job search, providing a tremendously successful strategy, especially in a challenging economic environment.
This philosophy can also be applied to your job search, providing a tremendously successful strategy, especially in a challenging economic environment.
A Story About One Of The Most Incredible Men I Have Ever Known… He is someone who changed the rules of the game in his life. Someone who drew a line in the sand and decided he was going to live the sort of life he wanted. He may have been someone just like you. You may resemble him right now. Whether you are in a blue-collar job or a white-collar career, you will identify with this man.
I Grew Up In A Suburb of Detroit Called Grosse Pointe. From when I was about 18 until I was 27 I had an asphalt selling business. As part of this business, I would go door-to-door to literally every house in Grosse Pointe, every summer trying to sell my asphalt-related services.
Most of the People In Grosse Pointe… Were Caucasian and conservative-looking. The men wore ties to work. Very few people drove flashy cars, and most of the cars were American. The whole atmosphere was very button-down. The people I met going door-to-door worked for auto companies, or suppliers of auto companies, and appeared to be quite conservative.
Ken From Grosse Pointe One of the largest homes in Grosse Pointe was inhabited by a man named Ken. Ken wore expensive, flashy shirts from Italy and ridiculous-looking Swiss watches. What’s more is he had a collection of Ferraris. Although I only went to Ken’s door once a year, when I passed by his house I would often notice him sitting in his driveway, revving a Ferrari, walking around his backyard pool in a robe, or smoking a cigar while taking a leisurely walk. Ken always seemed to be enjoying himself, almost as if he were in a perpetual state of bliss. He appeared to have a fantasy life of sorts.
I Eventually Met Ken… After running my asphalt business for several years I eventually met Ken. We became friends, and I gradually learned all about his business. Ken’s story was incredible to me. He had gone to all the right schools, had gotten an MBA, and had gone into the banking business. He was a banker with a prestigious bank for several years and had enjoyed his experience. However, he realized that he would never be able to achieve the life he wanted by staying where he was.
One Day, He Was Having The Windows Cleaned At His House… He noticed that the two men from the window cleaning company showed up, cleaned his windows in 15 minutes, and left. They did this three times a year and each time Ken was billed $125 by the window company. He saw that the cleaners went to each house in the neighborhood when they did their tri-annual cleanings.
Ken Did the Math… And he realized right then and there that there was a lot of money in window cleaning. Despite being a high-paid banker, Ken started cleaning windows in his neighborhood each weekend. You can imagine how people must have looked down on Ken-someone from a blue-blood background doing this sort of blue-collar work. But Ken decided this was something he wanted to do. Pretty soon, Ken was making more money cleaning windows each weekend than he made each week at the bank. Then Ken quit his job.
Ken Was Soon Making Over $1 Million a Year … With a window cleaning crew of six guys going door-to-door around Grosse Pointe. But more importantly, Ken was the person he wanted to be. He did not have the same stress he had when he was a banker, even though he took a seemingly ridiculous risk with his career, going from a prestigious banker to window washer.
Ken Became The Person He Wanted To Be. He did not worry about what other people said. Ken drew a line in the sand and became the person he wanted to become. How many of us have ever had the courage to do this in our own lives?
Follow Your Heart… Do you want to be a musician, an artist, or an actor? How about an auto mechanic or a sports coach? You need to follow your heart and do what you want to do. When you do this, everything changes. I cannot count the number of people who stepped out of the rat race and did exactly what they wanted to do with their lives and found not only happiness, but great success.
The Ultimate Reward… The rewards of following your heart are not always economic; the most important rewards from these decisions are spiritual. Those are the ones that change you from the inside out.
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