In their book, Launching a Leadership Revolution, Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady write, “The right lane is never crowded. There always seems to be a shortage of leaders, but a plethora of people heading the other way.”
But why are all these guys going the wrong way? I believe it’s because they don’t know where they are going, don’t know when they’ll arrive and they don’t care or don’t have the courage to change directions. Many of them might be just like I was, driven by pride and a sense of self-preservation that closes the mind.
Shifting to the right lane isn’t always easy. I know, when I first heard about Orrin and the LIFE Leadership business, I wanted nothing to do with it. A couple of friends tried to show me the plan and I said, “Get that thing out of here.” Literally, I hit the paper.
“No, it’s stupid. It won’t work.”
Still to date I don’t think I have met anyone who is as close-minded as I was when I was exposed to this industry. Probably the biggest thing that changed from that first day was that I opened my mind.
When I saw the network marketing industry, my only thought was to defend my position and I had no interest at all in seeking the truth. Ultimately what was driving this was my pride and self-preservation because of all the work that I had put into becoming an engineer. I didn’t want to admit that it might not take me where I wanted to go because I did work so hard at it.
That is natural. I still see people today who do the exact same thing. They are willing to sacrifice success on the alter of pride because they don’t want to let go and consider that what they are doing might not get them where they want to go. Most people have bought into this typical way of thinking.
“Hey if I just go get a degree then I will be successful.” If that were true, then ninety-five percent of the people wouldn’t be broke out there.
Now I am one hundred percent for education. When I was exposed to LIFE Leadership, I was only for college education, and I thought that was the road to get me where I wanted to go. Then I read a book called The Magic of Thinking Big. It does exactly that, it gets you to think big, and I really fell in love with the process of education. I wasn’t just educating myself out of duty, which is what I think a lot of people do, but I developed a hunger for truth.
That has effected so many areas of my life – in my business life, my marriage life, my faith life. A hunger to know the truth keeps me pointed in the right direction.
So if you find yourself traveling down the wrong lane, open your mind. After all, a mind is like a parachute – it’s not worth much if it’s not open. Fall in love with learning, hunger for the truth and seek it. It could turn your life around.
God Bless, Tim Marks