Swim Against the Tide
by Donald J. Trump
Your electricity might flow better through another
An old friend was working on Wall Street and not
doing well. He looked worse - unhealthier and
unhappier - each time I saw him, and it saddened
me. I liked this guy, so I finally decided to tell him
that he was beginning to look like a total loser. I
hated speaking so harshly, but I really cared about
him and wanted to help. When I asked him why he
stayed on Wall Street, even though it obviously was
not working for him, he explained that his family had
always worked there and he felt obligated to continue
the family tradition, even though it was killing him.
When I asked him what he liked to do, he told me he
loved to tend the greens at his golf club. He knew golf
courses, had a feel for them, and cared for them well.
He also loved working outdoors and being in contact
with people. I suggested that he look into the golf
industry instead of continuing to suffer on Wall Street.
I also pointed out that his unhappiness was probably
taking a heavy toll on his family.
Breaking away was difficult, but he made the move.
He had to swim upstream, in hostile waters, and against
the stronger tide - his family’s and friend’s traditions
and expectations. He went into the golf business, where
be became extremely successful. When I see him now,
he’s always beaming and looking healthy. He has a new
lease on life and has become a different person because
he had the guts to go against tradition, take control of
his life, and change.
So if your life is not what you want it to be, don’t be
afraid to ask yourself whether you’re doing what you want
and what is right for you. Measure yourself against your
feelings, ambitions and goals, not those of others. That
might mean standing up to friends, family and colleagues
who think they know what’s best for you. Plug into your
own electricity. It might flow better through another socket.
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