I wonder how long it was after Chris Gardner started his new business endeavor that the excitement turned into frustration. After all, and as he said in the movie The Pursuit of Happyness, there wasn’t much of a demand or need for bone density scanners in 1981. Yet, the hunger for something better, for a better future for his family had to be satisfied.
I love the story of Chris Gardner. If there is ever a time I might find myself feeling sorry for myself I turn to this movie. Chris Gardner was hungry, not just physically, but hungry for an opportunity. And after seeing that man with the Ferrari, he decided on a path to achieve his dreams. Yet enrolling in a class to become a stock broker that didn’t even offer a reasonable chance to earn a job would have blown out most people. To endure all that he did and not be defeated demonstrates the power of someone truly wanting a change for the better in their life.
So what about you and I? How bad do we want to change? For instance, if we had a reasonable chance to make better income, would we be willing to get out of our comfort zone to do so? If we had a more than reasonable chance to have a better marriage or family life, would we be willing to be teachable and listen to those with wisdom to help us? To have success in various areas of life would we change our habits? Are our loved ones worth us changing?
It’s sad, but often people just don’t have enough conviction to learn, to grow, to stretch, to expand their thinking, to change. It reminds me of the saying, “When the pain of staying the same is more than the pain to change, then people will change.” Perhaps people truly are too comfortable. Or, their discomfort in these poor economic and emotionally trying times still isn’t uncomfortable enough to change.
So let me put into words what I’ve been asking myself almost daily now for months. “Bryan, what is it worth to you? What price are you willing to pay to change, to grow, to succeed in life? Are your kids worth it? Is having a better marriage worth it? Is leaving a lasting legacy that reaches generation after generation worth it?”
Let me answer with a resounding, “YES!”
Chris Gardner didn’t even have a reasonable chance of getting a job, yet he took the risk. He got out of his comfort zone (which really wasn’t comfortable to begin with. Perhaps that’s part of the secret to success; not being comfortable). The LIFE business promises anyone that is looking, ambitious, teachable, and honest much more than a “reasonable chance” at being well compensated. And not only that, it offers the opportunity to have a better marriage and family life, a stronger faith, lasting “real” relationships, and mentoring that helps us avoid the pitfalls in this life journey.
Does changing mean leaving your comfort zone? Does it mean trying something you might not think is your “style” or personality? To acquire better results in life, does one truly have to change? Yes to all of the above. But try answering these questions. Is changing worth getting back time with your kids? Is changing worth having the marriage of your dreams? Is freedom in your life worth paying the price of change? Is your spouse or family worth changing? Are your children, or dreams worth you changing? This kind of change is. Welcome to LIFE