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Prosperity: The Choice Is Yours
October 11, 2002


Gratitude For Aptitudes
By: Stephanie West Allen


Many of you have probably heard the wise admonition:
"Never try to teach a  pig to sing. It's a waste of your
time and it really annoys the pig."

The pig just doesn't have that aptitude.

A human example: Don't try to teach some people to have short-term goals. You are wasting your time and really annoying them, or worse yet, making them  feel inadequate about their own style of goal-reaching. More about that later.

One size does not fit all. A few years ago I was fortunate enough to take the Johnson O'Connor aptitude test. The testing was in one of several non-profit  Human Engineering Laboratories around the United States. I learned of aptitudes I did and did NOT have. Aptitudes of which I had never known before.

Over the years, I have watched many people go to the
Laboratory for testing. I was delighted as I saw what
happened when people learn new things about themselves.


The people returned from the testing very happy to know more about their strengths and challenges. They learned why one career might be easier and  more fulfilling than another. They were able to make better choices and see why it had hurt when they were trying to force themselves into professions that did not fit.

It is painful to be a square peg in a round hole.

Discovering our aptitudes through any method supports our mental health. Knowing our aptitudes is our right and our responsibility. If a person has a  strong aptitude, they will often feel a restlessness or anxiety when not using it. We are given our gifts to use!


More about goal-setting: A person with a strong aptitude for foresight (as Johnson O'Connor calls this gift) usually does not achieve their goals by  following those goal-setting plans we read about in so many books and articles.

A person with a very low aptitude for observation (again, the Johnson O'Connor term) is not bothered by lots of clutter. They don't notice it.

We each have our own gifts.

By understanding that we are all gifted in different areas, we can stop judging people who do things in a different way. In an orchestra, the trumpet player does not judge the piano player for not playing the trumpet. To do so would be silly.

Make sure you are not forcing any square pegs into
round holes. To do so is teaching a pig to sing. Annoying or even hurtful. And don't let people annoy or hurt you. Let's each and every one of us find our gifts and present them to the world.

Isn't it grand that one size does not fit all?


Today value your own gifts. Do you have an aptitude that is crying to be used and that you are keeping dormant? Clues are always being given to you about your gifts. If you are quiet and listen, the gift's call will whisper (maybe shout) to you somewhere in your mind or heart.

Heed the call and see what goodness that gift will bring
to you and others. It will be an extraordinary release.

Today celebrate the gifts of which you are already wholly aware, too. Make sure they get your full attention and gratitude.

And please celebrate the gifts of others. Don't judge if
they have chosen a  different instrument -- or if they can't sing. Each one of us has our own  aptitudes. Rejoice for all who have claimed theirs.

©Copyright 2002 Stephanie West Allen

Stephanie West Allen, JD, brings humor and motivation to associations and  organizations.
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  "The truth is that the average bottom-of-the-ladder
   person is potentially as creative as the top executive
   who sits in the big office. The problem is that the
   person on the bottom of the ladder doesn't trust
   his own brilliance and doesn't therefore, believe in
                       his own ideas."

~ Rev. Robert Schuller ~


        "Once you say you're going to settle for second,
             that's what happens in your life, I find."

          ~ John F. Kennedy, 35th US President ~


The Courage To Begin

Your willingness to act and to overcome inertia, is the
first step on your path to greatness. The courage to begin always separates dreamers from achievers. Your big opportunity is where you are right now. Starting right away will be the biggest key to your success!

Create a definite plan for carrying out your desires and
begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this
plan into action.

Do not wait; the time will never be "just right". Start
where you stand, and work with the tools you have at
your command, and better tools will be found as you
go along.

The first step is the hardest. Take it. A journey of a
thousand miles begins with one step.


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How The Internet Began

In ancient Israel, it came to pass that a trader by the name of Abraham Com did take unto himself a young wife by the name of dot and dot com.
broad of shoulder and long of leg. Indeed, she had
been called Amazon Dot Com.

She said unto Abraham, her husband, "Why doth thou
travel far from town to town with thy goods when thou can trade without ever leaving thy tent?"

Abraham did look at her as though she were several
saddle bags short of a camel load, but simply said, "How,  Dear?"

Dot replied, "I will place drums in all the towns and drums in between, to send messages saying what you have for sale, and they will reply telling you which
hath the best price. And the sale can be made on the
drums and delivery made by Uriah's Pony Stable (UPS)."

Abraham thought long and decided he would let Dot have her way with the drums. The drums rang out and were an immediate success! Abraham sold all the goods he had at the top price, without ever moving
from his tent. But this success did arouse envy.

A man named Maccabia did secret himself inside
Abraham's drum and was accused of insider trading. And the young men did take to Dot Com's trading as
doth the greedy horsefly take to camel dung. They were
called Nomadic Ecclesiastical Rich Dominican Siderites, or NERDS for short.

And lo, the land was so feverish with joy at the new
prosperity and the deafening sound of drums that no one noticed that the real riches were going to the
drum maker, one Brother William of Gates, who bought up every drum company in the land. And indeed he did insist on making drums that would work only
with Brother Gates's drumheads and drumsticks.

Seeing it, Dot did say, "Oh, Abraham, what we have
started is being taken over by others, and I fear that Job's son Stephen will not be able to pull our fat out of
the fire as he did of yore with his fruit of the apple

As Abraham paddled his way across the water on his log, he looked out over the Bay of Ezekiel, or as it came to be known "eBay" and said, "We need a
name that reflects what we are!"

Dot replied, Do not worry yourself, my husband. Just log on. We will call our name, "Young Ambitious Hebrew Owner-Operators."

"YAHOO!", said Abraham.

And that is how it all began. So now you know, wasn't Al Gore after all.

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