I Went Out of My Way One of my favorite movies ever is called “Stranger than Fiction.” It is a somewhat odd movie about a character named Harold Crick who hears a narrator’s voice, commenting on his life. There are so many messages and teaching in this movie that I consider it one of the most entertaining and inspirational ones I have ever seen. One of the phrases used in the movie is “Little did I know. . . .” Dustin Hoffman’s character uses this small phrase as a launching pad for. . . . well. . . .rent the movie. It is worth it. Sometimes, it is the small phrases that have the biggest impact. I heard one this morning. Lisa was telling me a story of an acquaintance and despite their desires to improve their status, continues to do everything the same. It was not a particularly surprising theme by any means. We have heard, read or done this before. Just when the wheels started turning, searching for a reason, Lisa added the tag line, the Cliff Notes solution to this common problem. “When I was singing or doing commercial work, I went out of my way. . . . . . “ 6 monosyllabic words that provide the blueprint to succeeding. “I went out of my way.” Many times, we have grandiose dreams, desires and goals and get incredibly excited about them. This is the one – this is the job or relationship or class that will change my life, improve my status and give me the keys to the kingdom. Yes, the juices are flowing and excitement is in the air; that is, until we realize it is $100 more than expected or 25 miles out of our way. The self-imposed stop signs go up and the dreams are popped like a helium balloon stuck with a needle. Yes, we want it but we all too often want it in a convenient fashion. Here in lies a huge difference between those who do and those who want to do. The former is aware of obstacles but sees them as a part of the process of going for something important. They usually don’t want to drive 3 hours or have to take 4 classes instead of the anticipated 1 but the dream is that important, that vivid and if it takes doing this, so be it. The latter group lives in a much different world. If it is not convenient, it does not get done. If it is not close, inexpensive and not requiring excessive effort then perhaps it is doable. Can you see the problem here? How many things fit these criterion? I listen to others explain why that one or this one succeeded. They were “lucky” or “talented” or “fortunate to have been born in that family.” The rationale list is seemingly endless. Each is accepted as truth and used quite often. Not accurately, but often. Success is usually simpler. Is is basic, direct and easy to understand. It offers no excuses or “back door” escapes. It presents itself open to the public, in plain view to anyone. No secret handshakes or mystical chanting. It is so simple, perhaps that is why few do it.
Just go out of your way. Dr. David Orman http://www.hghplus.net http://www.OrmanInstitute.com