Monday is here and today, is going to be a great day! John C. continues to talk about the different variables of tradeoffs and how important they are. The higher you climb, the tougher the tradeoff is. As you climb and accumulate some of the good things in life, the tradeoffs demand a higher price.
When we are at the bottom, we make trade-offs because of desperation. We are highly motivated to change. As we climb, we change because of inspiration.
One of the dangers of success is that it can make a person unteachable. Many people use their success as an excuse to discontinue their growth. They are convinced that they know enough to succeed and they begin to coast. “They trade innovation and growth for a formula, which they follow time after time. People begin to believe that the skills that got you here are probably going to be the skills to get you there. Wrong! The world is changing continuously. And to grow, we must change. At the end of the day, when we make a tradeoff, we exchange one part of ourselves for another part. And that can be tough, but remember that you always have to be giving part of your life to receive something back. Its the law of the harvest.
Trade-offs never leave us the same. “The saddest summary of life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.” We all have power over choice, but every time we make a choice, our choice has power over us. It changes us. Even when we make bad choices they can help us to change for good. C.S. Lewis once wrote a great book called The Great Divorce, and in that book he said that faith requires a choice. “If we truly examine it, we must decide which side of the line we want to live on, and that choice causes us to divorce ourselves from things we once held onto.” So either way we choose, we aren’t the same after the choice. The important part is to learn from the choice.
When it comes to the concept of tradeoffs, start with the basics. Trade caffeine for water (my Achilles Hill) Trade sleep for exercise. Trade negativity for being happy. Trade fear for faith. Trade video games for time with your family. Trade wasted time for growth. If you start with those things, you the positive results that come from it will be amazing. Remember that quote I have said before, “Of all the sad words of tongue or pen, these are the saddest, it might have been.” Don’t let the art of making good tradeoffs pass you by.
Tradeoff king, Cram