So that’s a key phrase. It’s not what happens. It’s what you do. What happens is about the same; you might put that in parentheses here, same; what people do, that’s what’s different. Anything can happen, right? Everything can happen. I’ve heard all the stories. I’ve been one of the stories.
Hey, we can all tell stories all night long, right, happenings. Anything can happen. Have you heard of Murphy’s laws? Anybody here heard of Murphy’s laws? Okay most of you have.
Murphy had these laws. One of them was: if anything can go wrong, it will. That’s one of Murphy’s laws. He was not one of the great positive speakers of the day. But anyway, it’s still true though, right? Anything can go wrong, everything can go wrong. For sure.
I’ve fallen out of the sky so many times. Wants to the tune of a couple of million. Devastating, took me a while to survive that one. Now, it wasn’t all that much, but it was all I had. I mean, that’s when it’s much, right, when it’s all you got. If you got three, two go, you got one left. You ain’t looking that bad. But when it all goes, has anybody been there when it all went? Anybody. Come on, rest of you liars. Hey we’ve all been there right? When it all went.
Of course, used to be a long time ago right when you ran out of money, got to zero, you were all through. Heck, now you can whistle right on by zero. They will bury you; that’s what they will do.
But see, those are the happenings, right? Everything can happen. Anything can happen. But it’s not the happenings. It’s what you do about it. Somebody says: Yeah, but you don’t understand the disappointments I’ve had.
Come on. Everybody’s had their share. Disappointments are not special gifts reserved for the poor. Everybody has them. The difference is what you do about them. It’s not the weather. I used to blame the weather and I discovered it rains on the rich. So see that won’t help.
Two men wake up one morning, there’s a rainstorm on. One of them looks out his window, sees the rainstorm and he says, “Wow, what a storm with weather like this. They can’t expect you to go out and make sales.” He stays home.
Same morning, the other guy looks out his window, sees the same storm says: “Wow, what a storm!” But he says you know what with weather like this, what a great day to go out make sales. Most everybody will probably be wrong, especially the salesman.
See, that’s the difference in how your life works out. It’s not what happens. It’s what you do.
So here’s one of the key questions of the evening, Starting tomorrow, what are you going to do that will make a change in your life’s direction? Good question.
What are you going to do starting tomorrow that’ll make a difference? Now see if you don’t do some things, starting tomorrow that’ll make a difference. Guess what? It’s going to be the same.
And see that way you can guess what the next five years are going to be like, look at the last five. Because the next five, we’re going to be like the last five unless you, major key, tomorrow, change it all, or change a little or change something or don’t change. It’s choice time. You can do whatever you want.
But it’s nice to know any day you wish you can change your whole life.
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