The morning after the great Chicago Fire, a group of merchants stood on State Street, looking at the smoking remains of what had been their stores.
They went into a conference to decide if they would try to rebuild, or leave Chicago, and start over in a promising part of the country.
They reached a decision - ALL Except ONE - to LEAVE Chicago.
The merchant who decided to stay and rebuild pointed a finger at the remains of his store, and said "Gentlmen, on THAT very spot, I'll build the world's largest store, no matter how many times it may burn down".
That was more than fifty years ago. The store was built . It stands there today, a TOWERING MONUMENT to the power of that state of mind known as a BURNING DESIRE. The easy thing for Marshall Field to have done would have been exactly what his fellow merchants did. When the going was hard, and the future looked dismal, they pulled up and went where the going looked easier.
MArk well this difference between Marshal Field and the other merchants.....
That, my friend, is a story told from Think and Grow Rich - and a true one - and verbatim (I capitalized a bit more, but thats it).
I'm sure you know the Marshall I'm referring to - at least the old timers will.
For the young 'uns, Google is your FRIEND.
This story speaks not just about determination and desire - but a bulldog tenacity to mow down ANY AND ALL Obstacles before one!
I can relate, and identify.
So many times in my life I've had ... to ... REBUILD AND START FROM SCRATCH, or less than it!
Fitness, life, business ... many things!
At no point did the thought of giving up on anything enter my mind, no matter how irritated, frustrated, or angry I was - or how hard it might have seemed.
Damned if I dont do this was always my eventual attitude.
And eventually, it got done.
Goal GOT accomplished.
I moved on, fell, rebuilt, and so forth.
Thats how real achievement comes about, my friend.
One of the key skills to have in life is this - one, the knowledge that no matter what, you're never too big to fail even if you do all the right things.
Sometimes, you're MEANT to fail even at that stage!
And you do.
Nothing can fight the Universe, friend.
And it's laws
And two, more importantly, you need to know - or HAVE th egumption to always be able to rebuild from scratch, the CONFIDENCE to do so.
If my fitness biz were taken away from me tomorrow?
All the books, articles, writing etc?
I'd blithely rebuild from scratch tomorrow.
Not that I'd want to do that, but I'd do it anyway, and I'd succeed again.
THAT is real desire, my friend.
And if there's something that the panic-demic has forced upon many people, it's starting from scratch, or having to - either financially, or workwise, or otherwise, or a combo therein.
Or, if you're the ex communications Minister in Afghanistan, you take on a delivery boy's job.
Or, like some people in India, airline pilots are driving cabs!
China, you have people that used to work for huge companies now literally surviving hand to mouth doing "odd jobs" here and there (a lot of these people had never thought "what if" and build up their OWN collateral, business etc) ...
It's happening everywhere.
China Tom Tom's being forced to return home are in many cases coming to their senses about the so called dream that never ever was.
They're doing odd jobs, roughing it out too as opposed to the princely treatment they "sometimes" got in China(not really anymore though).
And so forth ...
IF that happened to you, friend, tomorrow, would you hold your head up high and say the above WITHOUT HESITATION - and feeling like yes, you could do it?
The latter is key.
Trust me, not everyone can ...
Fitness wise, I've had to start from less than scratch - with less than scratch to train with - many a times.
And I've done it, each and every time.
So can you, my friend.
If you're so woefully out of shape that doing ONe pushup is beyond you, let alone 10 or 51, fear NOT.
My books take you truly from less than zero to more than HERO, my friend ...
And the first thing you must do fitness wise is have a desire to improve - a BURNING DESIRE.
If you've got that, I can supply the tools.
But only YOU my friend, can supply the desire. Nothing supplants that, nothing at all. With it, you're everything, without it, you're less than nothing.
Trust me on this one.
So, there it is, friend.
Take it or leave it, but its; so damn true!