Nate’s Monday Morning Message
Welcome to this edition of Nate’s Monday Morning Message…last week I asked you a couple questions about living a life that you love. Did you take the time to honestly answer the questions? I was listening to a Darren Daily this morning, which was titled two ways we screw up Mondays. One is that we don’t prepare on Sunday and the second is that we hit snooze when Monday morning rolls around.
For those of you reading this who fall into the 64% that I shared last week, Sunday night is spent squeezing out as much of the “weekend” as you can. But for those of you reading this who see Mondays as a fresh set of opportunities, Sunday is a school night. I can’t wait to go to bed early on Sundays, so I am at my best for Monday morning. Don’t hit snooze. You only get one chance at living a life you love, so every minute, every hour, every day counts. How will you spend it? Let’s make it a great week!
“I Can Make It Happen!”
History abounds with tales of experts who were convinced that the ideas, plans, and projects of others could never be achieved. However, accomplishment came to those who said, “I can make it happen.”
The Italian sculptor Agostino d’Antonio worked diligently on a large piece of marble. Unable to produce his desired masterpiece, he lamented, “I can do nothing with it.” Other sculptors also worked this difficult piece of marble, but to no avail. Michelangelo discovered the stone and visualized the possibilities in it. His “I-can-make-it-happen” attitude resulted in one of the world’s masterpieces – David.
The experts of Spain concluded that Columbus’s plans to discover a new and shorter route to India was virtually impossible. Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand ignored the report of the experts. “I can make it happen,” Columbus persisted. And he did. Everyone knew the world was flat, but not Columbus. The Nina, the Pinta, the Santa Maria, along with Columbus and his small band of followers, sailed to “impossible” new lands and thriving resources.
Even the great Thomas Alva Edison discouraged his friend, Henry Ford, from pursuing his fledgling idea of a motorcar. Convinced of the worthlessness of the idea, Edison invited Ford to come and work for him. Ford remained committed and tirelessly pursued his dream. Although his first attempt resulted in a vehicle without reverse gear, Henry Ford knew he could make it happen. And, of course, he did.
“Forget it,” the experts advised Madame Curie. They agreed radium was a scientifically impossible idea. However, Marie Curie insisted, “I can make it happen.”
Let’s not forget our friends Orville and Wilbur Wright. Journalists, friends, armed forces specialists, and even their father laughed at the idea of an airplane. “What a silly and insane way to spend money. Leave flying to the birds,” they jeered. “Sorry,” the Wright brothers responded. “We have a dream, and we can make it happen.” As a result, a place called Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, became the setting for the launching of their “ridiculous” idea.
Finally, as you read these accounts under the magnificent lighting of your environment, consider the plight of Benjamin Franklin. He was admonished to stop the foolish experimenting with lighting. What an absurdity and waste of time! Why, nothing could outdo the fabulous oil lamp. Thank goodness Franklin knew he could make it happen.
You too can make it happen!
WORDS OF INSPIRATION
“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas A. Edison
“You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.” – Rabindranath Tagore
“The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” – Amelia Earhart