Friday, July 20, 2012

- The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Mrs. RFNJ: "So how did you sleep last night, were you able to nod off finally?"

Me: "Not really. I probably got an hour or two of something resembling sleep but it wasn't exactly a restful night. < Pause to fill coffee cup > Still, at 5:15 this morning I kicked my feet off the bed and got to work."

Mrs. RFNJ: "That wasn't you... you didn't do that."


ikaika said...


frithguild said...

“He didn’t invent iron ore and blast furnaces, did he?”


“Rearden. He didn’t invent smelting and chemistry and air compression. He couldn’t have invented his Metal but for thousands and thousands of other people. His Metal! Why does he think it’s his? Why does he think it’s his invention? Everybody uses the work of everybody else. Nobody ever invents anything.”

She said, puzzled, “But the iron ore and all those other things were there all the time. Why didn’t anybody else make that Metal, but Mr. Rearden did?”

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Tom said...

That 'feet off the bed' principle works pretty well for an analogy for success I think. (At least it seems to through my sleep deprived haze)

More than anything else the keys to success in anything are determination and perseverance. And nothing typifies those sentiments like someone who gets up and goes to work when he'd really rather roll over and try to finally get some sleep. I'm sure there are a lot of small business owners who are awake and at work right now even though they don't want to be, and they are solving problems that are boring, tedious or unfulfilling. But that's how it works if you want to be a success.

As I've said before, the only way you make a lot of money is by doing something that few people can do, or by doing something few people want to do. Not to whine or anything, but no one wants to get out of bed feeling like I did at 5:15 today.

prestorm said...

And where would you be without those Sumatran bean harvesters? You didn't get up on your own.

Tom said...

No no, I'd have still gotten up... I'd have just been useless without them.