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


A gorilla goes into a bar and orders a martini. This totally amazes the bartender, but he thinks, “What the heck, I guess I might as well make the drink.” So he mixes the martini. He then walks back over to the give it to the gorilla, and the animal is holding out a twenty-dollar bill. Well, now the bartender is just at a loss for words. He can’t believe that a gorilla walked into his bar, ordered a martini, and then actually had a twenty-dollar bill to pay for it.

So, in amazement, he takes the twenty and walks to the cash register to make the change. While he’s standing in front of the cash register he stops for a second and thinks to himself, “Let me try something here and see if the gorilla notices anything.”

So he walks back over to the gorilla and hands him a dollar change. The gorilla doesn’t say anything, he just sits there sipping the martini. After a few minutes the bartender just can’t take it anymore.

“You know,” he says to the gorilla, “we don’t get too many gorillas in here.”

And the gorilla says, “At nineteen dollars a drink I’m not surprised.”

MOST con games work because the victim wants to get something for nothing. They want the reward without any work. It’s a desire that clouds the vision of even the most intelligent person. Have you ever thought— how in the world did we get here? People expecting something for nothing has become the norm. When I Iook at the news today, I see story after story of people wanting all the rewards without going through the grind of earning anything.

When I was in high school, I had the most amazing English teacher. Her name was Ms. Fitch. She prefaced the class by saying that she would grade us fairly, and that these grades would not always be A’s.

“I get that you and your parents all think you are ‘special snowflakes,’ but I will grade you based on the quality of your work, and if your parents come to me complaining about these grades, I will ignore them.” Now Ms. Fitch was a little blunt for some (I personally respected her for that straight forward approach), but she brought up a good point. Most of the time in life you earn what you deserve.

I stopped and thought about this question: what’s missing in these people? The answer is accountability and discipline. The two things people often turn away from is the key to accomplishing all that they 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 yearn 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 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 purpose. In that way we take the drudgeries of life and turn them into meaningful work.


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