Sunday, March 2, 2008

Trying Harder? Quantum Leap? Your Choice!

This is an excerpt from a little book that explores thinking in quantum leaps. It’s by Price Pritchett and is called You2. This is a book about stepping away from the familiar and looking at what is already there from a different perspective.

I’m sitting in a quiet room at the Millcroft Inn, a peaceful little place hidden back among the pine trees about an hour out of Toronto. It’s just past noon, late July, and I’m listening to the desperate sounds of a life-or-death struggle going on a few feet away.

There’s a small fly burning out the last of its short life’s energies in a futile attempt to fly through the glass of the windowpane. The whining wings tell the poignant story of the fly’s strategy—try harder.

But it’s not working.

The frenzied effort offers no hope for survival. Ironically, the struggle is part of the trap. It is impossible for the fly to try hard enough to succeed at breaking through the glass. Nevertheless, this little insect has staked its life on reaching its goal through raw effort and determination.

This fly is doomed. It will die there on the windowsill.

Across the room, ten steps away, the door is open. Ten seconds of flying time and this small creature could reach the outside world it seeks. With only a fraction of the effort now being wasted, it could be free of this self-imposed trap. The breakthrough possibility is there. It would be so easy.

Why doesn’t the fly try another approach, something dramatically different? How did it get so locked in on the idea that this particular route and determined effort, offer the most promise for success? What logic is there in continuing, until death, to seek a breakthrough with “more of the same”?

No doubt this approach makes sense to the fly. Regrettably, it’s an idea that will kill.“

Trying “harder” isn’t necessarily the solution to achieving more. It may not offer any real promise for getting what you want out of life. Sometimes, in fact, it’s a big part of the problem.

If you stake your hopes for a breakthrough on trying harder than ever, you may kill your chances for success.

Price Pritchett

Here's an example of daring to turn away from the window.
Give $99 worth (120 kid's meals) of high quality meal replacement to orphans every month through a simple business plan.
Find 3 others to do the same and yours is free.

Have them repeat what you did with them 1 + 3 + 9 = 13 x 120 = 1,560 meals

That's not a bad beginning.

How much work did the first person do? He/she found three people interested in helping orphans and were willing to do find 3 others as well.

Have this 3x3 model of multiplication repeat 10 times.
3 to the power of 10 = 59,050 people x 120 meals = 7,086,000 meals per month.

Multiplied millions of orphans around the world can benefit from this simple plan.

What will it take to make this a reality?

Make a quantum leap in your thinking.
Instead of flying through the open door by yourself,
Take the time to help three others make a quantum leap as well.

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