Sunday, October 5, 2014

What Will Navigate Your Life

Before technology changed the way we navigate on the water, bullhorns and whistles were used to communicate from ship to ship. Once, a large armored battleship was slowly making its way through uncharted waters in a fog-shrouded bay.

Suddenly, through the fog, the captain noticed what appeared to be the light of another ship directly in his path. Quickly, he grabed his megaphone and shouted, "This is Admiral Smith of the United States Navy, Steer yourself 10 degrees sout. We are on a collision course, and I am coming through with priority orders."

Through the fog, he heard a fait but audible reply, "This is Seaman Fourth Class Jones. You steer yourself 10 degrees to the north."

The Admiral said to himself, This guy is a seaman fourth class, and I'm an admiral! Who in the world does he think he is? Turning up the megaphone a few notches and using a stronger tone of authority, he barked, "This is Admiral Smith of the United States Navy! You steer your vessel 10 degrees south! I am coming through!"

Through the fog came the same reply. "This is Seaman Fourth Class Jones. You steer yourself 10 degrees north!"

The admiral's anger flared at the youn man's insubordination, "I said this is Admiral Smith. Steer yourself 10 degrees south immediately! I am a battleship!"

Through the fog, the unwavering voice replied, "This is Seaman Fourth Class Jones. Steer yourself 10 degrees north. I am a lighthouse!"

Our attitudes are like the rudder of a ship. You will either be ruled by the rudder, or you will be ruled by the rocks.

The choice is yours.

(From Wayne Cordeiro's "Attitudes that Attract Success")

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