Friday, June 18, 2010

If You Don't Like Your Results, Change Your Approach

One of my favorite business stories is about a middle-aged manager struggling to pay his bills, so he decides to get some advice from a financial expert.

The manager makes an appointment to meet with a well- respected financial advisor whose office was located in a swanky building on Megan Avenue in Ampang.

The manager enters the expert’s elegantly appointed reception room, but instead of a receptionist the manager is greeted by two doors, one marked “employed” and the other “self employed”.

He enters the door marked “employed” and his greeted by two more doors, one marked “ make less than RM40,000” and the other door marked ‘make more than RM40,000.
He makes less than Rm40,000 , so he enters that door, only to find himself face with two more doors. The door on the left is marked “save more than RM2000 a year”, and on the right is marked “saves less than RM2000 a year”.

The manager only has about a thousand ringgit in his savings, so he enter the door on the right- only to find himself right back on the Park Avenue!
It’s painfully obvious that the manager in the story will never get out of his rut until he starts choosing to open different doors.

The moral of the story is that most people are like the manager – they choose to enter the doors of life that lead them right back to where they started.
The only way for people to get different results is to choose to enter different doors, isn’t that true? Like one of my mentors always used to say, “If you continue to do what you’ve always done, you’ll continue to get what you’ve always gotten.”

Seri Kembangan, 18/6/2010 , 2.20pm


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