When I was a kid, daytime television used to be strikingly bland. The most excitement you could seize was by watching the game show “The Price Is Right”. It looked like a mock-up cardboard version of Las Vegas Blvd.
The pinnacle of each episode was when the host (Bob Barker) would announce the prize we all knew was coming “A NEEEEEWWW CARRR!”
Contestants would jump up and down, smile, shake, cry, scream and all but lose their minds. And yet, we as viewers were never taken by surprise. It was our dopamine fix.
Even after 45 years, the game show is still going “strong” – and still corny as ever. If you like magicians pulling wool over your eyes, this is a good place to be. If you like watching adults act more immature than 5-year-olds, then this is the show for you. (click this link and you’ll see exactly what I mean.)
For the majority of society, this show is an afterthought. Marketers and bankers have our attention in a different way. “Sign here and we’ll give you the real thing.” We go straight for the credit crack pipe…and do so more frequently. “Oh, there’s a better car this year than last year? Where do I sign?”
Around 2003 I was unemployed. In fact, if it wasn’t for a good friend I would have been homeless. My bed was a sleeping bag on a hard floor, my diet consisted of eggs and green beans, and my transportation was a BMX bike. I was happy. Very happy. But I knew I was living beneath my potential. Would it have been nice to have a car? Yes! Did I dream of owning a house in that city? Yes! But, I didn’t know how to bridge the gap. I’d look at houses on the mountainside or new cars on the road and it truly baffled me. I couldn’t comprehend how people could afford it – even on credit.
I prayed…a lot! “How do I improve my position? How do I close the gap? How is this even possible?” The answers didn’t come right away. Like a maze, “backward” was the way “forward”. I took a very scenic route to have those questions answered and realized in a precisely detailed, visceral and intimate fashion.
As a man handles his troubles during the day, he goes to bed at night a general, captain or private.
Yesterday, I walked into a dealership and paid cash for a car. Part of the aforementioned “scenic route” taught me never to buy a brand new car off of the lot. So, I got a slightly older model in “like new” condition for half the price. But it was nice to know that price wouldn’t have been a factor either way.
My next post will cover a hard lesson learned on this journey and why I chose to purchase an all electric vehicle.
THE CHALLENGE: Assuming you are normal (and human), there is something you want but which is presently out of your reach. Be patient! The law of the harvest is real. You reap what you sow. Don’t give in to the glitz and glamour of Vegas, the illusion of game shows, the captivity of debt, or the barren promise of a quick fix scheme.
“Poverty treads on the heels of great and unexpected riches”
Work hard, remain diligent, educate yourself, stay devoted to the principles you know are true, invest in the quality of your character and your dreams will come to fruition in due time.