Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Michael Bird Torrance, Ca, USA

Posted: 2019-05-14




I don’t know where I heard or read this story, or the exact details, but the gist of it goes like this.

The young traveler meets the wise monk

A young man was traveling the road to success, and came upon a crossroads. At the crossroads he met a wise old monk, and so he asked the monk: “Kind master, sir, which way is the road leading to success?” the monk replied by pointing to the east. And so the young traveler set out on the road leading east.

A little while into that road he came upon a point where the incline was so littered with rocks large and small that the path completely disappeared. He turned around and traveled back to the crossroads. And once again he asked the wise old monk: “Kind master, tell me please, which is the road that leads to success?”

Once again the monk replied silently by pointing him this time to the west. And so the young man set out to the west. A ways down the road he ran into a muddy swamp that lay in his path, and fell face down in it. Splat! And so he turned around and went in search of the old wise monk once again, and again asked him, begging: “Please, kind sir, I truly desire to know the road to success. Will you show it to me?”

This time the monk spoke and said: “Success always lies just beyond SPLAT. It matters less which road you travel, than who you become. You must become such a person that may persevere.”

The life lesson in the story

The obvious first lesson we learn from the story is that we need to become people of character if we wish to reach success. Perseverance is not optional. But there is a less obvious lesson embedded in this story too.
The monk could have told the young man the first time they met that he would encounter dead-ends and obstacles and that when he did encounter them, he just needed to persevere. But he doesn’t. He allows the young man to fail a few times before he imparts that lesson.

Moving beyond splat quickly

I have come to see that dead-ends where we give up are also a part of the journey. Sometimes that is what it takes to break our self-dependence so we become humble enough and open enough to learn. So when we go “splat” we need to learn the lessons we can from that and get up and move forward.

Don’t wallow in the muddy swamp. Get up from your “splat” quickly and move along. “Splats” will happen, but wallowing in them is fruitless. I know, that is easier said than done. I, too, like to beat myself up for a while before I move on. But it serves no good purpose. We are not going to get out of “splat” by self-punishment or self-condemnation.

We can only move beyond “splat” by grace.

We have to give up the arrogance...

We have to take off the pride..

We must take off the envy...

We must give up the rationalizing ...the pretending...    

The self - lying and  the purposeful forgetting...

and mostly the hiding desperately it hoping it will just somehow work out one day

To live really live ....and be in the exciting adventure of living we must step into the bravery

We are scared of what we don't know......

Some times we've got to lose what we think we know about .....everything find who we really are....

God cannot help a man until he comes to the end of himself ....

If we are willing to give up the perceived notions and false positive safety of our old self talk of what we think we have become to very moment and strive to invent a whole new us based on who we really want to be ....we can live a life that we say is really worth living!

it all begins with a fresh new phrase within us 

I am..     (and whatever we put behind this phrase we become)

Watch your thoughts. They become words. Watch your words. They become deeds. Watch your deeds. They become habits. Watch your habits. They become character. Character is everything for it shows up at the bank and our health and ultimately ...our destiny..

Thoughts are things all begins there with a conversation with the universe.

God does not make too hard of things for those who earnestly seek him...

Thank you Michael and Linda and my mentoring for free partners

In love and fellowship,

Michael Bird