Earn More, Being Idle..!

“Eat!” I yell at my German -Shepherd, “Come on eat I’m getting late!”
And my dog stares with stubborn look on canine face, which makes me even more furious. I take him by his collar and drag him to his plate, “Finish your food you silly dog!”
It just doesn’t work. But the last few days, alone with him, as my wife holidays in New York, I found a method, far better, that when I remain calm, totally unaffected before his meal, unruffled by his sure to happen obstinacy, yet when the time comes taking him firmly to his plate, that’s when Jeff obliges and polishes off his meal.
It’s a simple example but in the famous book Moby Dick, portraying the whaling industry of his time, the author teaches us something about the power of being calm and cool just before getting something done:
There is a turbulent scene described in which a whaleboat sails across a frothing ocean in pursuit of the great white whale. The sailors are laboring to keep the vessel on course in a raging sea. They labor furiously as they concentrate on the task at hand.
But there is one man however, who does nothing. He doesn’t hold an oar, he doesn’t perspire, he doesn’t shout. He is languid – utterly relaxed, quiet and poised. This man is the harpooner, and his job is to patiently wait for the moment.
Then the author gives us this sentence: “To insure the greatest efficiency in the dart, the harpooners of this world must jump to their feet out of idleness, and not out of toil!”
What a marvelous picture for effective living!
It’s like saying, ‘You want to earn more, be idle!’
Those who would live each day to the fullest must prepare for them from a state of idleness rather than toil. For many people this means a daily period of quiet and meditation to focus, plan or pray. Self- help expert Brian Tracy calls it an indispensable daily time of planning and preparation. He suggests that we devote a full hour to being alone every morning. That is when we set our daily priorities so that we, and not events, are in charge of our lives.
“I don’t have time for that!” some people complain. “My life is simply too busy to add one more thing to it.”
But you will find that a regular period of idleness to chart the day’s course, still the mind, listen and prepare, actually creates more time, than it takes. For we are most effective when we jump to our feet out of idleness and not out of panic.
I guess it works because the harpooner always got his whale and my dog now eats his food! So if you’re planning to get into the big earning category, a better job or find lucrative employment then learn to Be still, before the kill..!”





6 thoughts on “Earn More, Being Idle..!”

      1. Am I the only one who feels “easier said than done ?” Maybe I need to make an all-out effort and keep at it.

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