Thursday, February 5, 2009

In the classic film "Treasure of the Sierra Madre"...

Humphrey Bogart is sitting at a bar in Mexico, destitute, trying to figure out how he and his buddies can raise some money to buy the tools they need to mine gold in the mountains.

A young boy approaches Bogie and asks if he wants to buy some lottery tickets, Bogie tells him to scram. The kid asks again, same result. The kid starts pleading, "Please sir, I know you'll pick the lucky one." After this Bogie tells the kid, "If you ask me one more time I'll throw this drink in your face."

The kid asks again, Bogie throws the drink in his face.

Wiping his face off, the kid approaches and asks again. Bogart buys a ticket, it wins and he's able to get the mining tools.

Is what we learn from this story to buy a lottery ticket when we need money? No, as happens so many times what we need to get from this story is the spirit of the kid. Would you keep going even if a drink were thrown in your face?

If you watch the scene it is obvious the young boy's approach to adversity was as if it wasn't there. He saw Bogie's actions as something he had to go through to accomplish what he needed to do.

What's your view of adversity? It's always going to be there, it's how you deal with it that makes the difference. Let it stop you in it's tracks, or walk right through it...the choice is entirely up to you.

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