So, Good fellas, we've all heard it many times: " Give it your best shot". "Do your best". " Give a hundred percent effort". "Go the extra mile". Yet we don't quite know because we're not always sure what the "Payoff" might be for our efforts, sometimes we adopt the attitude of " Why bother?
I've found it to be extremely helpful to remember this: While i don't always know what my reward, if any, will be on any given project, I do know that when i give my best effort to whatever i'm working on, rewards often come from unexpected sources. So, it's with us.
Like that old story about the elderly carpenter that was ready to retire, but he had one last work that his employer contractor had assigned him, to build the last house, but he was so tired about it that he just did an "OK" house and when he finished his work, the employer came to inspect the house and he handed the front door key to the carpenter and told him " This is your house, this is my gift to you". And the carpenter was shocked.
What a shame... If he had only known he was building he's own house, he would have done it differently. Better, stronger, he would have dedicated more time on it. Yeahh.. That's why i think we build our lives, one day at a time, often putting less than our best effort unto the building. Then with a shock we realize we have to live in the house we have built. If we could do it over, we'd do it much differently. But we cannot go back.
We are the carpenters, each day we hammer a nail, place a board or erect a wall. Your attitudes and choices you make today will build the "house" you'll live in tomorrow. Lol, i couldn't have said it better, and that's why i wanted to share these thoughts with you.
As you grow up and grow old, you have absolute control over the way you build the house of your future. You have your entire life in front of you. If you go the extra mile; live with integrity, kindness, honesty, and thoughtfulness, learning how to be humble; then, chances are, you're going to build up a real beauty; a "house" you can be proud of.
So, fall, scream, make mistakes, say what you need to say, live, don't give in, talk, listen, act and let others do all the same things you want them to let you do. And for your own sake, just stop one second and think that...
The only time you run out of chances is when you stop taking them. After all it's never too late to settle down and take back control of your life.