Some Get It, Some Don't

Have you ever noticed that in the most mundane daily activities, there are some people who get it and some people who don't?

When you are trying to merge onto the freeway during rush hour, you will notice that most people simply move up into the acceleration lane and politely and efficiently merge into the flow of traffic. They get it. On the other hand, there are those few lost souls who want to stop at the junction of the entrance ramp of the freeway and wait until traffic is completely clear. They don't get it.

There are any number of these daily reminders of the fact that there are certain universal, established, and accepted procedures that one must master in order to fit into our society. Success and achievement are much the same way. There are people who are totally motivated and have great ideas, but there's one small, missing element they don't get.

Recently, I met a gentleman with a great concept for a new business. He seemed to have everything necessary for success with the exception of the fact that he wanted to do his own legal and accounting work. This might be okay, except for the fact that he has no background or experience in this area. Even if, by stumbling around, he could develop contracts that did not get him into trouble or accounting systems of his own that allowed him to track his money, he still is doomed to fail. Every person whom he approaches with his new business will eventually get around to asking to see some documentation or financial data that will instantly reveal the fact that he doesn't know what he's doing.

His business has nothing to do with the practice of law or accounting, but he will fail because he refuses to follow what we all have agreed upon as generally accepted methods. He simply doesn't get it. He doesn't understand the rules.

It's like the tourist traveling in a foreign country who inadvertently through his language or behavior insults people by violating their local customs. He doesn't get it. The fact that he doesn't know he doesn't get it really won't matter to the people he insults.

Seek out people whom you trust, and ask them to be honest with you about every outward expression of your personal and professional life. Be sure that you get it and everyone around you knows you get it.

Today's the day!


Jim Stovall has been a national champion Olympic weightlifter, the President of the Emmy Award-winning Narrative Television Network, and a highly sought after author and platform speaker. He is the author of the best selling book, The Ultimate Gift, which is now a major motion picture starring James Garner and Abigail Breslin. Steve Forbes, president and CEO of Forbes magazine, says, “Jim Stovall is one of the most extraordinary men of our era.” For his work in making television acc...

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