An excerpt from “No Excuse! A New Philosophy for Overcoming Obstacles & Achieving Excellence” by Jay Rifenbary (with Mike & Marjie Markowski).
Remember the story of “The Three Little Pigs”? What does it tell us about human beings? It seems that the value of the story lies in its message that foresight, patience, and self-control may not keep the wolf away from your door. However, if he does show up, you will be better able to protect yourself.
All three pigs had the same options. The mission was the same: Build yourself a shelter, a place you can live in now and in the future. The brother who chose to build his house of straw had the easiest time finding building materials. He also put his house together the quickest of all. The brother who chose wood took more time and exerted more effort. He had trees to fell and cut, even before he could begin construction. The brother who built with bricks had a kiln to fashion, a fire to tend, and bricks to mortar. His house took the longest to build, but it was the strongest.
All of a sudden they were all together; the three brothers now living safely in the brick house. They felt secure when the wolf came and bragged about how his huffing and puffing destroyed their straw and wood homes. They knew he couldn’t do anything to the brick.
The two brothers had lost their homes because they didn’t have enough self-discipline to build the best. They wanted “instant” gratification.
The brick-building brother was about to be tested. True to form, he sat beside his fire, stoking it. He knew, in his quiet, self-controlled way, that the wolf’s lack of self-control would bring about his own end.
The wolf, frustrated by his inability to get results, unable to destroy the little pig’s brick home, lost his self-control. In a last ditch effort to get the pigs, he plunged down the chimney into a boiling vat. It was all over for the wolf!
The fable is a tale of patience. The little pig who built with brick had patience and self-discipline. He wasn’t just building a house, he was building self-control. He prepared himself to survive the showdown. Instead of the wolf eating the little pigs, they ate him. Develop enough self-control and your “enemies” may make themselves a gift to you!
Build your success with purpose, patience, and foresight. Build a solid foundation, and it could be like having a brick house. If you try to get it quickly, it rarely works.
True success, the achievement of what is most important in your life, takes time. Look forward to the journey and give yourself time to succeed.