I was reading a very interesting article about how an oyster makes a pearl. Their process reminded me of our business journey and our abilities to overcome adversities to create a rare pearl or to succumb to our circumstances and either fail and live a life of misery and hurt. In other words, not live the life we dreamed for ourselves. Success comes to the person who, as Confucius says, “fall down 7 times, get up eight”.
What I learned, a natural salt water oyster gets inundated with irritants such as grains of sand or stray food that flows into its shell with the oceans current. The oyster is unable to expel this intruder, it begins to cover the irritant with layers of nacre, the mineral substance that fashions the oyster’s outer protective shell. The more irritants, the more nacre is secreted over time a pearl begins to take shape. Only 1 in 10,000 oysters or .001% will ever produce a pearl.
How does this apply to me and my business? We all have irritants in our lives and businesses that can be a distraction. Not all intruders can be expelled from our lives. We can succumb to our unfavorable circumstances and fail, either temporarily or permenately. Or we can choose to make a pearl. In other words, stay focused on our goals and definite chief aim, realize the circumstances cannot dictate our outcome of success, deal with the irritant and become successful. Is it rare to succeed, yes? But, our odds of succeeding are much greater than that of the oyster making a pearl.
Don’t be an average oyster and just live with your irritants and intruders. Cover them over and make them the reason you succeed. Surround yourself with like-minded successful people and begin to make pearls of your own. Ask yourself, if you were an oyster, can you make a pearl? Now go out and succeed!
“All art is autobiographical. The pearl is the oyster’s autobiography.”-– Federico Fellini
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Tim Wilhoit is owner/principal of Your Friend 4 Life Insurance Agency in Nashville, TN. He is a family man, father of 3, grandfather of 2, entrepreneur, insurance agent, life insurance broker, employee benefit specialist, salesman, sales trainer, recruiter, public speaker, blogger, author and team leader with over 31 years of experience in sales and marketing in the insurance and beverage industries.