You know how you’re so deep into something that you can no longer see the big picture? Meaning people see things you don’t see any more, or can’t see?
There was a customer of mine who used to come by and see me every so often. She was around my age at the time and had a very sweet demeanor. Like most of my customers when she came around and had time, we used to talk about a little of everything – Work, money, relationships, student loans, the state of the world, why Krispy Kreme doughnuts are average, and on and on – You get my point.
This young lady was also a Christian. Now me, myself, I’m not a religious person but I respect it. If your religious beliefs help keep you empowered and make you a better person then by all means, do what works for you.
What I don’t like however, is when people push religion on you. That’s like pushing the Game on a “Square” (average person). Imagine two trains on the same track, headed toward each other going the same speed. There’s going to be some irreparable damage.
Back to the story. So one afternoon this young lady customer and I got into a conversation about entrepreneurship. It was something she always thought about, but was scared to do.
I asked her why that scared her. She replied she wanted to always be sure she could pay her bills and feed herself; being a small business owner lacked a sense of security.
Now I’m not one to lie, being an entrepreneur isn’t all happy days and champagne wishes, but just the journey itself is something that will change your life forever.
She went on to say, “You wake up every morning, run your business and don’t know what the outcome will be. You don’t know if you’ll make money to eat this week.”
I said, "Yes that’s true but everyday for everyone on the planet it's like that." I explained to her that security is an illusion; there is nothing that is truly secure. The best we can do is to carefully move forward in a direction we set for ourselves. You can’t control everything, but you can control how you play the Game.
Being a Christian, she naturally interpreted what I said into what made sense for her. “So you live everyday on faith? You just get up, go out and live your day on faith?”
Now I wouldn't have used the word faith, but I saw her perspective. To be honest, I had never really looked at my stubborn determination as faith.
I often say that, “A Hustler is able to maneuver through dark corridors with no flashlight. We have a natural sense of direction.” And that’s what moving in faith really is.
If you’re in the dark there are numerous possible outcomes that can happen. You can trip and fall. You can run smack dead into a wall. You can get turned around. You can miss a staircase in front of you and end up at the bottom of it – The hard way. But despite the worst that could happen, you still move forward anyway, slowly finding your way around to the exit. What is curling up in a corner and balling your eyes out going to accomplish? And that’s what many of us do. We feel the fear, doubt and uncertainty and sit in the corner, in the dark, scared.
In the Bible it states that faith can move mountains. That if you truly accept what you say will come to pass, then it will come to pass (Mark 11:23). Fear, doubt and uncertainty are the greatest killers of faith. They will stop you before you even start. Don’t let this be you. A Hustler keeps it moving, always.
Until next time...