A well-known lawyer began his career between WWI and WWII. He had to defend a criminal. It was a heavy mission for him! The defendant was a grocer who was accused of killing one of his customers.
The victim came into the grocer’s store every day and said whatever came into his mind, right in front of customers. For example, he said that the grocer measured his merchandise with unfair weights, and that he was watering down the milk. The grocer was insulted day after day. After the grocer told the customer to cease up, he grabbed an axe, and quieted the customer… forever.
We can all agree that repeated insults are tough, but we can also agree that this murder is unjustified. But this lawyer had to defend the grocer.
When the day of the trial came, the prosecutor did his duty and demanded that no attenuating circumstances be allowed. Then it was the defender’s chance to do all he could. Defense Attorney: “Mr. President and honored court!”
The President of the Court of Appeal: "You have the floor, Defender."
Defense Attorney (again): "Mr. President and honored court!"
President: "We hear you. You have the floor."
Defense Attorney (for the third time): "Mr. President and honored court!"
President (irritated): "Mr. Defender, what are you doing here? I gave you the word. Are you going to speak about the subject? "
Defense Attorney: “Mr. President, I repeated three times—just three times—an appropriate way to address the audience. However, even though I did not repeat anything irritating, you became irritated. Why should my client be condemned, because he was insulted and slandered in front of his customers day after day?
The criminal was acquitted!
The next day, the newspapers uncovered the unusual triumph of the young lawyer, which gave him a catalyzing career start. But this story may seem like it isn’t relevant at first, at least not to business owners or managers. But it actually is. It’s really our story…
The lawyer started from the little he had, and masterly developed it to full success. Here is the giant power of knowingly oriented thoughts for a purpose (whether it is wealth or not). Review the exchange of replies above, and see how the lawyer managed to direct the court’s thoughts to the verdict he sought. And he got it!
Do the same when you start looking for prosperity, fulfillment, or change. We want prosperity, but do we keep our thoughts focused on the hardships of life: the bills and suppliers that burden us? Then who will we attract?
We want prosperity, but are afraid of crisis.
There are unconventional ways to succeed in life. The irony is that we fight like mice trifling over a tiny amount of cheese. (The reality of “comfort zone.”) And we do not see the gigantic, infinite block of cheese just waiting to be eaten. By developing a business, we get to the big cheese. At first, we’ll only be able to nibble a little bit, but then it will be a feast.
Some people say: “Don’t you see that there’s a crisis coming? Can’t you see that during a crisis, there’s no money? Jobs are lost, and businesses go bankrupt. What are you talking about? Prosperity during a crisis?”