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|Are you waiting to succeed?|
A young man had received his degree and now he was prepared to enter into this competitive world. While out exploring his opportunities for his future, he noticed a huge mansion at the end of a street.
The mansion was beautiful, but what caught his eye was an extremely long line of people that were anxiously waiting to enter this mansion. His curiosity was aroused. He parked his car and hurriedly walked up to the end of the line. He asked the people in front of him why everyone was in this line. They told him that this was the line to the great mansion that everybody was trying to enter. He began to ask another question, but the people told him to be quiet, or they all may miss the next story.
"What story?" he asked.
They explained to him that every now and then someone was allowed into the mansion and the story of the entrance would come down through the line. The young graduate stood there like the others; but before long, standing in line began to seem like an eternity to him.
First he stood on one foot. Then the other. Then he folded his arms. Finally, he could not tolerate the waiting any longer. He got out of the line. The people in line warned him to return to his position, or he would lose his place and never gain it back. Regardless of the warning, he could not stand in this line and wait.
He refused to get back in line. He began walking by the people standing in line. Some sneered at him and some shouted insults at him, but he kept walking. He noticed as he walked further up the line that the people began to get older. He heard all kinds of stories, but he kept on his own path.
As he neared the great mansion, he saw that there was an old rusty gate with a fence that led around to the side of the great mansion. He followed the old fence and to his great surprise, when he neared the back side of the mansion, there was another gate. This gate was open. He walked through the gate and he could now see that the back door was wide open. He slowly walked up to the mansion and entered through the open door.
When he walked in, the people who were on the inside shouted with enthusiasm, "Welcome! You are now a part of our team in the great mansion." They all came over to congratulate him for seeking the open gate to the mansion.
The young man, feeling a bit guilty about all those people who had stood so long outside, asked them, "But what about all those people standing in the line?"
Their reply, "They will wait."
Curiosity is the passion for the entrepreneur. The entrepreneur can not stand in line and wait. The entrepreneur must seek her calling. Judi Paul could not wait until her children were grown. Mrs. Paul could not wait for the right timing, so she started her own company out of a desire to teach her children how to read and find success in reading. From this passion she created Renaissance Learning that is currently worth over a half billion dollars.
Fred DeLuca could not wait until a bank would give him a big loan to create his product from his passion. He persuaded his friend to loan him $1,000. From this small loan, DeLuca founded Subway which now has over 29,000 franchises.
It takes courage to risk stepping out of the line to follow your dream. Are you seeking your dream? Or are you standing in line waiting?
Robert Charles Payne is an inspirational writer who lives in West Monroe. He can be contacted by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.