Hey baby I’m just about starving tonight
Bruce Springsteen, “Dancing In The Dark”
1. A few months ago a real estate broker and friend of mine asked me to make business cards for her newest Realtor. It was a fairly simple job, because the company layouts were already in the computer; all I had to do was add name and number. A couple of days later I called the new Realtor to tell her that the business cards were ready. When she arrived, she mentioned that even though she had a great job as a full-time nurse, she was going to try her hand at real estate.
I had largely forgotten about that job, until I bumped into my broker friend just recently. I asked her how the new Realtor was doing. “Not well,” she said: she had obtained only one listing, and had made no effort to sell it.
While complacency allows us to stay where we are, hunger –for the next customer, the next sale, the next achievement– makes us say “I’ll do it!”It is the fuel that propels us forward to actually go out and do something. It crystallizes what is needed, and makes us want it badly enough to go and get it. Even when things are going our way, it is always healthy to keep a level of discomfort, a craving for the next goal.
Sometimes I feel frustrated when one of my fitness, professional or financial objectives has not been met. But that is a good thing, because as long as the hunger is there, I’ll keep on striving.