Let me tell you a story.
It is not my story to tell but it is so good, I often re-tell it. This story belongs to Paul House, former CEO and Chairman of Tim Hortons. It will forever be ingrained into my thought process.
Here is the story as best as I recall… (FYI, it was from a long time ago….)
There was a farmer who had two sons. He decided to test the integrity of each son. He put his two sons into two different stalls in the barn, filled with horse manure. After a few hours, he checked in with them. The first son was sitting in a corner, crying. The first son said, “dad, why did you put me in a room with a pile of manure? Why are you so mean to me?”
The second son was standing on top of the pile of manure with a pitch fork, digging away. The dad asked, “son, what are you doing?”. The son replied, “with all this horse shit in here, there has to be a pony somewhere”.
What I learned from this story…. Regardless of how bad any situation may appear in the moment, there is ALWAYS something good that will come from it. This applies to both your professional and personal life.
So as you move along your journey, remember to… “find the pony”. Find the positive in every situation.
Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results
– Willie Nelson