In 2005 I watched a TV show by the “super-size me” famed Morgan Spurlock. The show was about 30-day experiments. The show I saw, which got my attention at the time was “30 Days on Minimum Wage.”
When it comes to anything like this where someone jumps with a claim to say it can’t be done, well that just pushes a hot button for me. After all, it was those college professors and scholars who told my parents I was not going to amount to much in life and should be happy with whatever income a trade would give me.
While it was not my intention to prove that Morgan was wrong with his show, I was able to make a game of the fact that I lived on less than minimum wage for close to two years. Those years happened to be 2005 and 2006. At the time, I was not out to prove a problem could or could not be solved. I just had to buck up and do something to survive when it was all I could get at the time.
I lived in a car most of the time or on the couch of my friend Brian but I was able to build a life. I remember telling people I was going to start writing a book. It was also that year that I was told by Zig I should be a speaker, that I should be a coach.
When we see things that tell us there is no hope, we have no problem believing that. Or maybe we believe things because someone has presented the facts in a way that completely supports their argument and we’re not interested in delving deeper or questioning.
Whenever you are going to play a game, you must read the rules. For example, in the movie, Super-Size Me, the rules said he could only super-size his order if asked. It was that fact that made that movie thesis work: showing you that McDonald’s foods are bad and lead to obesity.
Well during those lean times in 2005 and 2006, I lived on less than minimum wage and I ate at McDonalds myself. I was able to eat two times a day and each time I bought only two items time from the dollar menu. With tax in Texas that was $2.17 each meal. I drank water with my meal. While my slender size and my high metabolism help keep my weight down, the doctor’s visits show I am in great health.
So if you are faced with a TV show or the news media or even a book you are reading telling you that you cannot do something, it’s time to find out what the rules are to find a way to win. Using the rules to win any game can be done.
What rules are you playing with? What rules are you using to win your game right now? More people would be successful if they would created some rules or learned all the rules before giving up just because someone on TV or a well-meaning friend told them, “It won’t work.”
Today’s challenge is to find out what the rules are to create your winning game in whatever challenge you are facing now.
I’m Tim Gillette, creator of the Rock ’n’ Roll Keys to Business Success. It’s time to take action and start living your dream. Are you ready to change and make 2013 rock?
PS: The new book, You Can Always Get What You Want, is now available! Stay tuned for the launch. Find it now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble online, and coming to a bookstore near you.