July 31, 2013
In the hit comedy City Slickers, a scene with Jack Palance and Billy Crystal captured the essence of ‘doing life.’
Curly (Palance): Do you know what the secret of life is?
Mitch (Crystal): No. What?
Curly: This. (He hold up one finger)
Mitch: Your finger?
Curly: One thing. Just one thing. You stick to that and everything else don’t mean sh*t.
Mitch: That’s great, but what’s the one thing?
Curly: That’s what you’ve got to figure out.
Instead of looking for ways to get rich, or being in the hunt for the next big thing, look for your ‘One Thing!’ What’s your one thing? For me, my one thing is to plant seeds of greatness in people. I see myself as a metaphorical farmer, planting words of life in the hearts of people through speaking, writing, and coaching. That’s my one thing. It took me more than a decade to finally realize what my one thing is.
If you don’t know your one thing, you will keep missing the target, simply because you don’t have one. It’s like throwing darts on a blank dart board, a dart board that is empty. Your life will change if you put your one thing on that dart board and shoot at it everyday. Big things come to those who know their one thing!
“You can’t catch two rabbits at the same time. If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one.” I love this saying by Josh Billings: “Be like a postage stamp–stick to one thing until you get there.”