- Robert Collier
“Use what you have to get what you want”- This is a popular quote that has been misused, misunderstood and underutilized by many people, including me. Society has made us believe that in order to make a name for ourselves, we have to follow the crowd and do what they do.
This gives us the illusion of living the life when in actual sense, we’re on the same bus with millions of others who are doing the same thing we do, using the same resources we use and heading for the same destination. When the journey finally ends, there will be no room for significance and this snaps us back to reality.
“We were created to achieve different things, using our unique resources”
In Steven Covey’s book- 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, He mentioned that we all have our unique production capabilities with which we achieve our dreams and live our purpose. He gave an example of a poor farmer who could hardly earn a living. One day, this man visited his favourite goose and found a golden egg.
It continued to lay eggs and in a matter of time, he became rich by selling those golden eggs. Then greed and impatience creeped in. He wanted all the golden eggs at once, so he slaughtered the goose and opened it up. To his disappointment, he found nothing.
Your production capability is that resource which has the ability to give you produce, when you want and how you want it.
For the rich man, the goose was his production capability, those golden eggs were his produce and his wealth was the result of what he did with that produce.
We all have our goose which has been available to us but many of us have not found it. Your production capability is that potential or tool which has the ability to make you productive.
What’s your goose? Is it your think-ability, your family, your partner, your friends, your pet or just that early morning cup of coffee? You’d be surprised at what makes some people productive.
Everyone’s golden egg is different. It could be the ideas you get when you’re around your loved ones, it could be the help you get from others as a result of a previous expression of kindness, or that simple thank you which you get from your boss for doing a great job. All these simply fuel you to continue.
If your talent is your goose, invest in it.
If your family is your goose, keep showing them how special they are.
If it’s that cup of coffee that makes those ideas pour in, then keep drinking.
If it’s your mind, empower it with all the inspiration and positivity you can get.
Find your goose and nurture it with moderation. Who knows, maybe those eggs will hatch one day and you’ll have more geese to benefit from. And don’t worry, they don’t bite.
What makes you productive? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
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