Picture this: A father gives his 12-year-old son a push mower full of gas and a full 5-gallon gas can. He tells his son, “Go mow grass and you will become a millionaire.” This sounds too good to be true. Too many people think that this idea is way too simple. They then scoff and say that life does not work like that, and only in theory can something like that happen. This father also tells his son that he must buy his own gas from here on out. This father tells his son what he needs to charge for lawns, shows him how to sharpen the blade, teaches him when it’s time to buy a new blade and more. This father teaches his boy the skills to succeed.
Now, the son goes out and knocks on the first door and gets rejected. Many would stop right here and say it can’t be done. They would say, “No one wants me to work for them.” However, a good father will tell his son that this rejection is part of the process that he must learn as he is starting out, and that he must keep knocking. It takes nine more doors, and someone agrees to let the boy mow. The son mows the lawn and does the best job he can. The owner of the house is impressed and tells his neighbor down the road. The neighbor says, “Send him down.”
On the way to next house, the son keeps knocking on doors. He faces more rejections, but he also gets a couple more lawns to mow. He mows the neighbor’s lawn, and the neighbor is quite impressed by his work. The neighbor sits down, hands the son a glass of water, and asks the son how day went. The son proceeds to tell the man honestly how rejection at first hurt, but that his father had told him to keep going – it was part of learning – and that by the end of the day he had done five lawns and made ten dollars apiece. For his days’ work, he had made fifty dollars. He knew that had to pay to refill the gas can and mower, but, still, this was a very good day.
Now, this neighbor happens to be the president of the local community council and that evening there was a meeting. Toward the end of the meeting, this neighbor was asked if there was any new business. He said yes and proceeded to tell everyone one about this twelve-year-old kid who had worked hard and done an excellent job on his very first day of mowing grass. Just so happened that the council was looking for someone to mow the local park and he suggested that they hire him. The council was in agreement. They decided that it would be good for the community and the hard-working son to give him the work.
The next morning, the neighbor went down to talk to the son about mowing the park. Well, the son had gotten up early and went to knock on doors again. The neighbor talked to the father and let him know the council would like his son to mow the local park. The father was happy that his son was doing a good job and would discuss it with his son when he came home. That evening when the son came home, he had mowed another five yards. His father told him about working for the council. The son agreed that it would be a good thing to do.
By the end of that summer, the son had so much work that he bought another push mower and would hire his friends to help keep up mowing lawns. As winter slowly approached, the father asked his son what he was going to do over the winter as snow started to come. The son answered that he bought a snow shovel and had already ready talked to several of his clients about shoveling their drives and sidewalks.
Each year, the son went out and got more clients, bought more lawn mowers, and hired more friends to help mow lawns. During the winter, he bought more shovels and then a snow blower and cleaned up more driveways and sidewalks. With his father’s guidance, he continued to invest more and more in himself and each year his business grew. One day, he realized that he had not mowed a lawn or shoveled a drive all year. For you see, he was busy managing everyone he had brought aboard in order to keep up with all the is business he had.
Now, this story is pure fiction, though it is a very plausible story. You can see this thread of thought in many men that are successful in this world. You must put in the work – (simple as that) You will have rejection, but somewhere along the line you will impress someone, which then leads to more opportunity. How many men stop at that first rejection or (Risk)? How many won’t do that first big job? How many are good with only the status quo which can lead to a (stagnant mind), and won’t go find more work? Do you need a new lease on life? It could be as simple as getting a lawn mower and five gallon can of gas.
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