Nate’s Monday Morning Message
Welcome to this week’s Monday Morning Message…every week we have the opportunity to focus our attention on personal development. The only thing that changes you from who you are today is the people you meet and the things you learn. Meet new people. Grow new relationships. Learn new things and share them with others. When you consistently improve who you are you begin to grow and yes change for the better. This week can be the week you start to grow by meeting and learning. Your goal this week is to meet five new people and learn five new things. Simple and YES you can do it! Let’s make it a great week!
A Boy’s Weakness
A 10-year-old boy decided to study judo despite the fact that he had lost his left arm in a devastating car accident. The boy began lessons with an old Japanese judo master. The boy was doing well, so he couldn’t understand why, after three months of training the master had taught him only one move. “Sensei,” the boy asked, “Shouldn’t I be learning more moves?”
“This is the only move you know, but this is the only move you’ll ever need to know,” the sensei replied. Not quite understanding, but believing in his teacher, the boy kept training. Several months later, the sensei took the boy to his first tournament. Surprising himself, the boy easily won his first two matches. The third match proved to be more difficult, but after some time, his opponent became impatient and charged; the boy deftly used his one move to win the match. Still amazed by his success, the boy was now in the finals.
This time, his opponent was bigger, stronger, and more experienced. For a while, the boy appeared to be over-matched. Concerned that the boy might get hurt, the referee called a time-out. He was about to stop the match when the sensei intervened. “No,” the sensei insisted, “Let him continue.” Soon after the match resumed, his opponent made a critical mistake: he dropped his guard. Instantly, the boy used his move to pin him. The boy had won the match and the tournament. He was the champion.
On the way home, the boy and sensei reviewed every move in each and every match. Then the boy summoned the courage to ask what was really on his mind. “Sensei, how did I win the tournament with only one move?” “You won for two reasons,” the sensei answered. “First, you’ve almost mastered one of the most difficult throws in all of judo. And second, the only known defense for that move is for your opponent to grab your left arm.” The boy’s biggest weakness had become his biggest strength.
WORDS OF INSPIRATION
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” Maya Angelou
“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.” – Zig Ziglar
“Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.” – Dwayne Johnson
“You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.” – Rabindranath Tagore