A man went into a pet store one day. While entering the pet store he passed a talking parrot. The parrot looked at the man and said, “You’re the ugliest man I’ve ever seen, it’s a shame how ugly you are.”
The man was surprised by the parrot’s response. The parrot went on to say, “You are so ugly; you are ridiculously ugly.”
The parrot said, “It should be illegal for someone to be as ugly as you.”
The man was upset and went to tell the store owner what the parrot had told him.
After hearing what the parrot said, the store owner became angry with the parrot; he opened the parrot’s cage, grabbed the parrot and shook him, feathers went a flying. The store owner told the parrot, “You better never call anyone ugly again!”
Then the store owner apologized to the man.
As the man was leaving the store, he was forced to pass in front of the parrot’s cage one more time. As the man nervously approached the cage, the parrot made eye contact with the man. The parrot looked the man in the eyes and said, “…You know.”
In other words, the parrot was saying to the man, “you know you ugly, yeah, you just got me ’beat-up’ by the store owner, but deep-down inside, you know the truth, and the truth is you’re ugly.”
And this is what I’m saying to you, “you know” what it takes to become a success; you’re just acting like you don’t know. You’re trying to hide behind the intoxication of ignorance, but, “…you know!”
There’s a saying that goes, “Most people miss opportunity, because it comes disguised in overalls and it looks like hard work.”
You know what you need to do to succeed. The reason you haven’t done it thus far is because it’s not easy. But nothing worthwhile ever is; “you know” it’s going to take hard work and long hours to succeed at anything, and the truth is, you’re really not sure if you’re up for the challenge.
You’ve enjoyed the vacation of laziness for far too long.
You know that there are no elevators to success, everyone has to take the stairs. If you’re going to be an Olympian, it’s going to take hard work, a pro-athlete, hard work, a best-selling author, hard work, a great parent, hard work, the body of a supermodel, hard work, the CEO, hard work, a great marriage, hard work. You name it, if it’s worth achieving, it’s going to take hard work to do it; you already know this. So stop hoping that a miracle is going to deliver you to your promised land.
The promise is in you, and you will ONLY access it by putting in the time, forsaking all else, and doing the “hard work.” Not checking e-mail, not doing research, but doing the critical steps that guarantee success.
You’re going to have to take the uncomfortable steps, but if you take them, and if you put in the time, success will be yours.
You know what to do, do it, there are no excuses.