Friday, January 13, 2012
You Are God's Best Idea! Daily Epigram for: January 13, 2012
"You can make it to Impossible if you're willing to bypass the temptations of Probable and Possible.”-Douglas Holzmeier
They wouldn’t call it impossible if it was easy. Although – metaphysically – we understand that it is all right here and right now – even the best metaphysicians appreciate the Quaker axiom to “treat and move your feet”.
For every story of someone being discovered by a Hollywood agent in the corner Malt Shop - there are 10,000 who made it by will and determination and ignored every Caution; Yield; Stop; and Detour sign they encountered along the highway to reach their desired destination.
In Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers, he debunks the notion that the Beatles were an inevitable phenomenon. (How’s that for an oxymoron?) It was always assumed that when you combined the collective talents of a McCartney – Lennon – Harrison and Starr - they just had to become what they became – the most popular and influential rock group of all time. Gladwell writes, however, that the Beatles performed in near obscurity for several years - including Hamburg, Germany. Typically they’d start playing in the early evening (most notably at the Cavern Club) and not stop until the wee hours of the morning. Gladwell estimates that between 1957 and 1963 – John; Paul; George – and eventually Ringo – rehearsed; practiced and played - over 10,000 hours before they recorded their initial British hits in 1962/1963. (Thus his 10,000 Hour Rule) And it was another year before they became an overnight sensation when we were introduced to them on the Ed Sullivan Show: February 9th, 1964.
You most certainly will have many stops and pauses along the many miles to your ultimate destination as you develop your message; sharpen your skills and meet the people who shall fill your tank up with encouragement. The important thing is to remember where you’re going and the mission’s objective.
How many temptations did the Fab Four have to avoid keeping from stopping somewhere along the way and settling for success on a local or regional level? Even after hitting the top of the charts in Britain – all the U.S. record labels passed on picking up and releasing their material here – including EMI’s American distributor – Capitol. Passing on the Beatles? Impossible!
Yes – record companies are notorious for settling on imitations of originals to make a fast buck. In 1963 – most record labels were looking for more of what they already knew and had – Doo Wop. Even the Beach Boys - who were way ahead of their time -looked like a barbershop quartet compared to the raucous image and sounds of the Beatles. There’s a cliche that goes like this: “People don’t know what they like - but they like what they know. “
What people know they like - is what you see at every off ramp on every highway in every town across the U.S.A. Fast food restaurants. And there’s nothing wrong with hamburger joints. (Unless you’re a vegetarian) And if you believe you can build a better hamburger – like Dave Thomas did with Wendy’s – then go right ahead and serve one up! But if you want to express your inherent divinity and serve the world in a way that makes it a better place to be – then think outside the bun! Pass on by success that is deep fried and heavily salted and give us something unique and original - which may be an acquired taste – but one that people will savor long after the ice melts in their Coca-Cola.
In recent months I have received and viewed one “get rich quick” pitch after another. I get a lot of email from marketers who swear they have my answer to financial freedom. To get their answer I need only pay them $997; $1997; $9997 or $15,997. (In just three easy payments!) This is their way of getting rich quick. They got off the freeway well before Probable and Possible and ran out of inspiration at Impetuous. They want success the free way. And there ain’t no such thing. There is a minimum amount of investment and it starts with your heart.
I do not know if Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 Hour Rule means that your success is a 10,000 Mile adventure. But I do know it starts with a first step. My commission is to share the mystic idea of inherent divinity. That you are divine and important – needed and necessary – loved and the Beloved: You Are God’s Best Idea! My goal is to pull people away from life’s impetuous dead ends – turn them around and direct them toward living the Undeniable Life. I believe I can do that and make a lovely living doing so. It means that I will pass by the exit that shouts Probable Success and even the one that hints at Possible Success to reach the one that welcomes all who believe in their dreams – the one that reads:
Welcome to the Impossible Dream!
You Are God's Best Idea!
Author of You Are God's Best Idea! Divine Acceptations and Living the Undeniable Life! (Balboa Press/Hay House)
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