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Economic Development is . . . (increasing the flow) of capital through the community and reducing its leakage.

Something for Nothing

A young doctor can’t find a job in a hospital that he wants, so he opens a clinic and puts a sign outside ‘GET TREATMENT FOR $20 – IF NOT CURED GET BACK $100.’ A lawyer thinks this is a great opportunity to earn $100 and goes to the clinic. And this is what transpires: Lawyer– “I have lost my sense of taste.” Doctor: “Nurse, bring medicine from box No. 22 and put 3 drops in patient’s mouth.” Lawyer: “Ugh. this is kerosene.” Doctor: “Congrats, your sense of taste is restored. Give me $20.” The annoyed lawyer goes back after a few days to recover his money. Lawyer: “I have lost my memory. I cannot remember anything.” Doctor: “Nurse, bring medicine from box no. 22 and put 3 drops in his mouth.” Lawyer (annoyed): “This is kerosene. You gave this to me last time for restoring my taste.” Doctor: “Congrats. You got your memory back. Give me $20.” The fuming lawyer pays him, and then comes back a week later determined to get back $100. Lawyer: “My eyesight has become very weak I can’t see at all.” Doctor: “Well, I don’t have any medicine for that, so take this $100.” Lawyer (staring at the note): “But this is $20, not $100!!” Doctor: “Congrats, your eyesight is restored. He smiles and says give me $20” ….you just can’t beat our healthcare system can you ;).

MOST con games work because the victim wants to get something for nothing. It’s a desire that clouds the vision of even the most intelligent person. How in the world did we get here? People expecting something for nothing.

When I look through the news today I see story after story of people wanting all the good without doing any of the work. The first is obvious —crime both on the streets and in the high-rise office buildings. It goes beyond money…. people want trim bodies and the chocolate cake, they want love without being selfless and all the highs without the lows.

I stopped and thought about this: what is the missing piece of this equation? The answer is discipline. The thing we often turn away from is the key accomplishing all that we want.

NFL coach Vince Lombardi was quoted as saying: “I’ve never known a man worth his salt who, in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn’t appreciate the grind, the discipline.” And he also said: “There is something good in men that really yearns for discipline.”

People need to realize that most of life is simply that ….a daily grind of discipline: repetition—a round of dull, uninspiring, lackluster things we must do again and again but know that repetition is both necessary to success.

It’s a matter of taking up each duty, no matter how mundane, humble, or trivial, and tying it to the intended purposes. In that way we take the drudgeries of life and turn them into meaningful work.

If whatever you do is done for a purpose, you’ll be amazed at the joy and meaning found in even the most ordinary tasks.


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