There is an interesting story told about a man who was out walking one night and comes across another man down on his knees looking for something under a street lamp. He inquired as to what the other man was looking for and the man answered he is looking for his lost key. He then offered to help and got down on his knees to help search for the key. After an hour of fruitless search, he stood up and said, “We’ve looked for this key for more than an hour now and we haven’t found it. Are you sure you lost it here?” The other man replied, “No, I lost it in my house, but there is more light out here under the street lamp than I my house.”
Most of us like convenience and comfort, even at the expense of doing what is necessary, of success and growth. Clearly it was convenient for him to search for the key under the street lamp where it is better lit, as per his perception, than at the place where he lost the key, where he should be looking, where there is greater chance of success! You might be thinking he is crazy to look for a key there, but you are probably doing the same!
So, what are you looking for today? Are you looking at a convenient place or at the right place? How much inconvenience are you willing to tolerate in order to get what you want? How many of your dreams have you abandoned because it is more convenient not to chase after them than to do it and fail? How many times have you chosen the convenience of sitting on your couch instead of going to the gym even though you cannot see your toes whilst standing upright? The gut factor!
Convenience and comfort breed stagnation. Our lack of growth affects our friends and families adversely, just like it wasted the time of a man who was willing to help! On the other hand inconvenience and little discomfort breed growth and success, and even a better and healthier life. We tend to have sore muscles in the first two days of going to the gym, but it doesn’t last. As long as we are comfortable with being comfortable, we would also have to be comfortable with lack of growth.
So, if you don’t find what you are looking for in one position, it could be you are looking at the wrong position, a convenient place. Don’t waste any more time looking at the wrong place. Be positionally aware and then do what is right even if not convenient. It is convenient to stay in bed in the cold winter morning, but it is not really the right thing to do. Trading the comfort of having regular paycheck as an employee with the irregular paycheck as an entrepreneur is not convenient nor comfortable, but there are better and higher rewards in going at it by yourself and being an entrepreneur.
Break out of your comfort zone. Be uncomfortable with comfort zones. There are doors of massive success waiting for you to open. Just look for a key at the right place(s), and note that the right place and success is usually outside your comfort zone!