ASSERT YOURSELF AND YOUR PLACE IN THE WORLD!
“The biggest temptation is to settle for too little.” – Thomas Merton
Have you ever been tempted to settle for less than what you thought was your fare share in life? I know I have and I even have to admit I gave in to the temptation on more than one occasion, whispering to myself: “Oh, anything for a quiet life!”
Please don’t misunderstand me here; I’m not suggesting that you ought to become argumentative and unpleasant with people when you don’t seem to be getting your own way! Instead I am challenging you to hold on in your thinking to your original goals despite what the material world seems to be throwing at you.
If you are resolute in your own mind that things are going to work out the way you want them to, you can adopt a silent determination to see your project through and to make sure things always work out, the way you’ve planned. In this life there has to be give and take, but never let go of the things that are important to you.
One such man was Colonel Sanders. He retired aged 65 with a pitiful State Pension which was barely enough to pay for his basic needs. He decided he wanted to find some other income, so he asked himself what goods or services could he exchange for this money. All he had was a chicken recipe that a lot of people seemed to like.
So he determined to go around America, offering his chicken recipe to restaurateurs in exchange for a percentage of their increased profits as a result of them cooking his chicken recipe instead of theirs. He could have easily settled for less, because he had to visit over 100 restaurants all around America before he found someone willing to “give it a go.” Thankfully for many people who love to eat Kentucky Fried Chicken he didn’t accepted the rejection of those who weren’t interested in his offer.