Have you ever wondered why someone read a book and became wealthy while thousands or even millions others read the same book and are still struggling? Let me ask the same question another way.
Have you ever seen people who don’t seem to have one quarter of your education living large and doing extremely well whereas you are having a hard time trying to achieve your dream?
Is it because that person is lucky? Is it because that person happens to be in the right place at the right time? Well, sometimes that may be true.
However, I believe if you want to be lucky, be the best at what you do. And, in order to be at the right place at the right time, you have got to be at many places all the time. All right, if it’s neither luck nor being at the right place, what is it? Great question! Let me answer it with a powerful illustration.
This is my tennis racket. These are my tennis balls. I know what you’re thinking, “I didn’t know he played tennis!” As a matter of fact, I don’t know how to play tennis. I don’t even know how to hold the racket. So, why do I have the balls and the racket?
The guys I run with on the trail have been talking me into playing tennis. Jerry Lee gave me a racket and some tennis balls. They have been in the trunk of my car for about a year now. Let me ask you this: Because I drive around with a racket and some tennis balls in my trunk, does that make me a tennis player? The answer is obviously no.
Now, when do I become a tennis player? When I actually get on the court to practice and play! That is when I start taking action. Until then, I will always be a spectator. Here’s my point: most people in life are spectators.
Very few people are players. The spectators read a book or attend a seminar and get very excited in a moment. But then, they don’t get on the court to play or put into application what they learn. The players do just the opposite.
Are you a player or a spectator? Let me tell you, the spectators tend to always know what the players should have done. Have you ever heard the fans screaming and cursing at the players for mistakes? I’m talking about the player haters. You know what? I don’t want you to be a spectator. Be a player instead.
Now, take a good look at your knowledge, degrees, and whatever education you have. They are your racket and tennis balls. It’s time to stop carrying them in the trunk of your brain. It’s time to play!
Before I wrap up, let me say this: In life you’re either creating or consuming. When you’re creating, you’re playing and when you’re consuming, you’re a spectator. Which one do you want to be? The reality is, every time you’re learning, you’re consuming. You’re being a spectator.
Spectators don’t make money, they spend money. The players do. Got it? Great!
Always ask yourself this question when you are doing anything: “Am I being a player or a spectator?” Right now you’re being a spectator. It’s time to play. Go create something. Be a player. Take action on what you learn. And, by the way, you don’t have to start big. Do anything that makes you feel like you’re playing.