This snippet came in a newsletter from Harvey Mackay and I can’t stop thinking about it.
Make like a pencil and get the lead out…
by Harvey Mackay
A young boy asked his mother what he should do in order to be a success when he grew up. The mother thought for a moment, and then told her son to bring her a pencil. Puzzled, the boy found a pencil and gave it to her.
“If you want to do good,” she said, “you have to be just like this pencil.”
“What does that mean?” her son asked.
“First,” she said, “you’ll be able to do a lot of things, but not on your own. You have to allow yourself to be held in someone’s hand.
“Second, you’ll have to go through a painful sharpening from time to time, but you’ll need it to become a better pencil.
“Third, you’ll be able to correct any mistakes you might make.
“Fourth, no matter what you look like on the outside, the most important part will always be what’s inside.
“And fifth,” the mother finished, “you have to press hard in order to make a mark.”
OK, I don’t know about y’all, but that little story just blows me away! I should only dream of being such a wise mommy. I don’t even know which point makes me the happiest, they’re all so good.
As I read this, I could hear my mother in my head saying: “Always do your best. Your best will always be good enough for me.”
We’re having Thoughty Thursday a day late this week because I’m in San Francisco, working like a dog on a training project with a bunch o’ really nice lawyers. (I know, I know…don’t even say it.) I’m doing my very best to bring in some extra cash to spruce up the Hansen House a bit.
What’s the best advice you ever received from your parents, elders or “wise ones?” Throw it out there…it’s Friday, the perfect day for some extra wisdom! Enquiring minds always want to know these things here at More Cowbell!
ATTENTION: If you’re a writer, particularly one going to a conference soon, I highly recommend this series on “fearless pitching” from Laura Drake. Three words: Awesome with glitter!