— By Rick Beneteau
Routinely, I rise out of bed before the birds, and watch the sunlight flood my office every morning. See, I love this time of day! But what I don’t love is being rudely rousted out of a deep sleep before my normal rise and shine time, and every day for the past few months I have been.
I sleep with the windows open, and at around 4:00 each and every morning, rain or shine, there has been this very obnoxious bird "somewhere" close by screeching his mating call at what seems like 130 decibels! Many times I’ve wearily peered out to be able to witness first hand what sounded like a pterodactyl-size creature on some kind of steroids. But never would this clever ‘lil creature reveal himself!
I appreciate nature as much as the next person, but this large sound at this wee hour of the morning is not music to my ears! In one agitated state my fine-feathered foe put me in, I thought about locating a ‘sportsman’ in the neighborhood to take him out, but that was only wishful fantasizing. Besides, I don’t believe in ‘the sport of hunting.’
By now though, I’ve gotten pretty used to my tree dwelling alarm and looking on the positive side of this situation, could even thank him for the extra hour of work I am able to put in every day.
One day last week, I was pounding away on my laptop on the front porch swing, when lo and behold – THAT PIERCING SOUND AGAIN! And it was NEAR! Imagine my surprise when after peeking out from under the canopy, perched on the telephone line above was this teeny weenie finch, smaller than my prized canary,
warbling away what was really a beautiful anthem, at least heard at this normal hour of the day.
Oh my, the power of small!
Now, may I ask: How many times in your life have you thought that you were "too small" to make a difference? How many times has this thought actually stopped you from doing something you knew in your heart was worthwhile? Perhaps something like changing careers, starting a new business, creating your own product or even buying that dream home. Like me, I bet plenty of times!
Think about this. Every great achievement in this world had its roots as a single thought in the mind of a single human being. There’s no exception – the greatest inventions, the biggest corporations and the tallest skyscrapers were all borne of the single idea of one individual!
The difference between most of us and the Henry Ford’s and Bill Gates of this world is the total self-belief and conviction in their ideas to just "build it!" No matter the size, no matter the scope, no matter the naysayers around them. And, knowing full well that the road to achieving their goal was going to be paved with major setbacks and failures.
Here’s one of my favorite quotes about achievers:
"There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other." — Douglas Everett
You’ve heard many of the stories about the above ‘icons’ and people like Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Edison and Gandhi. Their journeys were filled with great adversity, devastating setbacks and yes, heartbreaking failures. But still, because of the sheer level of belief in themselves and what they set out to achieve, they were able to leave a legacy that today affects every one of us, every hour of every day.
There are millions everyday people who will never become household names who have made magnificent differences in their lives and the lives of those around them.
Take for instance, the single mother who was reluctantly forced onto the welfare rolls due to a deadbeat dad, and pounds the pavement until she lands a job, determined to excel, and works her way up the ladder until she ends up with a wonderful career to the benefit of herself and her family.
Or, the foreign medical student whose family sacrificed their entire lives in order to send their child to a ‘free country’ to get an education, who, through sheer determination graduates at the top of his class but decides not to chase the almighty big bucks that await him in the ‘land of promise’ and instead returns to his homeland so that he may help alleviate the dire suffering of the people in his native land.
Or, how about the countless entrepreneurs who have taken a single idea and no matter what obstacles they faced, and the many sacrifices they had to make, created successful businesses with products that impacted thousands or even millions of people?
I am privileged to know so many individuals who have accomplished great things only because of the great belief they had in themselves and their ideas. As such, I firmly believe that every human being, no matter where they believe they are at on this roller coaster ride we call life, CAN accomplish great things.
As strange as this may seem at this time, I can tell you with all the sincerity I possess, that this great universe of ours awaits your simple and sincere decision, so that it can begin to fill you with all the power you need to make your dream a reality. It’s a matter of truly making that decision and then opening yourself up to receiving that invisible assistance.
"The Creator has not given you a longing to do that which you have no ability to do." — Orison Swett Marden
Now back to my miniscule, winged friend. On cue, and still prior to daylight, he shakes me out of my peaceful slumber. He knows nothing else. No other way. He just cranks it up at enormous volume at nature’s call, oblivious to the fact he is impacting me on a major scale by doing the only thing he was designed to do. How we all should be, don’t you agree?
© Rick Beneteau
Rick is an award-winning author, highly respected Internet entrepreneur and co-founder of the humanitarian project www.TenMillionClicksForPeace.org