The Pendulum Effect & You...The Postage Stamp Method

Consider the postage stamp. It knows that if it is to deliver happiness to its recipient, it must risk leaving the comfort of its family. It must leave the book of stamps it comes in in order to attain its ultimate purpose in life. It’s risky,  the unknown is scary, but there are no risks without great rewards.

When author of The Compound Effect Darren Hardy started in real estate at age 20, he was a complete novice. So, he compensated: At his first real estate seminar, he bravely asked the lecturer to lunch and asked for the man's best tip on being successful. The lecturer told him to go fail and do it often. Hardy was perplexed.

So, the man picked up his napkin and pulled out a pen. He wrote on the napkin that, “Life, growth, and achievement work like a pendulum. On one side you have failure, rejection, pain and sadness. But on the other side, you have success, victory, joy and happiness.”

Guess which side we have control over? Right: the side that comes with pain and failure and rejection. In that area, we control our own future.

Hardy's lunch companion continued: “Over time, most people figure out how to operate in a narrow comfort zone. They only allow the pendulum to swing a small distance into pain and rejection and failure; thus, they only experience the same small degree of joy and success on the other side.”

But here's the lesson: The pendulum does not take sides. It is neutral. It swings freely on both sides with the same force with which you attack life. As the person swinging the pendulum, you'll find that it is impossible to experience one side -- success and joy -- without the other side, pain and rejection.

So, once you start to pursue your goals, you need to understand that you cannot have ultimate success without failure, just as you cannot have love without heartache. You receive rewards only when you are willing to take risks.

This may all feel to you like a butterfly in flight: What you pursue eludes you, and that’s why you can’t "chase" success. It has to find you. That happens when you become a person worthy of success. And that happens only when you swing that pendulum as high as you can on the side of failure and rejection.

You pick yourself up. You learn from the experience, and you move on. That’s what successful people do. It’s what the postage stamp does.

 And there you have it. If you want to go deeper with me on this subject, sign up for my Free Academy Training.

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