How To Find Your True Self
The moment I saw the cartoon, I was reminded of a story Joshua Shafran shared as part of his N-POD training program.
He tells it with a slow build up to the climax, and it is definitely more impressive that way, but I'll summarize it for you here.
A guy wants the secret of success. He trudges up a high mountain, overcoming many obstacles, and reaches the 'guru' who lives on top. Asks him the question. The guru doesn't say anything, but beckons to him to follow.
He walks DOWN the mountain, all the way down, and takes the man to a lake. Tells him to bend down close to the water's edge. Then, grabs him by the hair and forces his head under - and holds him down.
The guy is strong, but the sage is stronger. Soon, the guy begins to choke for breath. He struggles and squirms - nothing. Almost about to drown, he fights his way free and gasps for air. The guru watches, speechless.
Few minutes later, the guy recovers, and turns on the old man angrily.
"What the h*ll did you do that for?" he demanded.
"You wanted to know the secret for success, right?" the guru asked.
"Remember how it felt with your head under water? Think about how badly you wanted air. When you want success that badly, you'll get it! That's the secret"
POWERFUL story. In a sense, it changed my life.
Now, to Mark's cartoon.
There's an equally powerful moral. How often do you see (or experience yourself) the paradox of asking for advice, help or validation of something you already know... and pay a stiff price for it... and do it gladly... and be delighted with the result?
Come to think about it, it isn't quite uncommon after all.
Worse, we sometimes let charlatans and clowns brand us with their opinions and judgements - and even accept them as DEFINITIONS of ourselves.
Yes, gullible the guy certainly is - but he's attempting to learn. Hopefully, he'll learn from the experience NOT to keep repeating this behavior. But going by the gleeful expression on his face, he probably will do it again.
Lesson? Learn from ONE mistake. Don't keep repeating it over and over. The obvious is obvious - even without validation or confirmation from a 'guru'.
Stephen Covey uses a nice analogy. It's important to climb to the top of the ladder. But it's even MORE important to make sure the ladder is leaning against the RIGHT wall!
Choose your guru - and only then, climb the mountain and pay your price!
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