Never stay stuck in a hole alone becaseu you won't ask for help
It’s often hard to articulate why you do what you do and as a business it’s especially because, well, you’re in business. I struggle with articaulting why I'm so passionate about what I do even though, well, I don't normally have a problem with words. Just the other day I was reminded of a very powerful story I once heard and had completely forgotten. It smacked me in the face with its applicability in conveying why I believe what I do and have such passion for what I do. It absolutely encompasses my core beliefs better than any
words I could find so I share it here.
This guy’s walking down a street when he falls in a hole. The walls are so steep, he can’t get out. A doctor passes by, and the guy shouts up, “Hey you, can you help me out?” The doctor writes a prescription, throws it down in the hole and moves on.
Then a priest comes along, and the guy shouts up “Father, I’m down in this hole, can you help me out?” The priest writes out a prayer, throws it down in the hole and moves on.
Then a councillor is walking by, stops, sees the guy’s in trouble and says “tell me how you feel”, then walks off.
Lastly a friend walks by. “Hey Joe, it’s me, can you help me out?” And the friend jumps in the hole. Our guy says, “Are you stupid? Now we’re both down here.” The friend says, “Yeah, but I’ve been down here before, and I know the way out.”
We here at Ken Kitson Seminars don’t stand on the high ground and tell you, “hey, you should be up here the view is awesome just get up here”. We don’t just stand on the top and throw something out of a book down at you. We’ve been down in all kinds of holes before and worked out how to get out. They don’t scare us so we get down with you and show you how to climb out. Sometimes there’s unexpected challenges and sometimes a hand hold gives way, but that kind of thing happens. Because when the choice is to either stay stuck in a hole that only ever feels like it’s getting deeper, getting more and more unhappy, or do the work, whatever it takes, to climb out and be happy and satisfied with life, I’m not sure there are many choices. Especailly when you don't have to do it alone, and we know the way out.
I guess it comes down to one more simple choice. How unhappy do you have to get being stuck, having life get away from you, before you decide you need to climb out?