The Apiary Fund has a goal. We want every associate who joins our community to become a consistent and profitable trader. The road our associates travel is marked with several milestones along the way. Sometime is easy to lose the perspective of progress along the way.
I am reminded of a story about two boys who were digging a hole in front of their home. As they were digging, one of boys came up with an idea.
“What if we could dig a hole all the way through the earth and come out the other side?”
After some discussion, they decided to give it a try and started shoveling with great earnest.
Meanwhile, a few of the neighbor kids noticed the hole they were digging and, out of curiosity, came over to see what was going on.
“What are you doing?” asked one of the neighborhood kids.
“We’re going to dig a hole all the way through the Earth!” answered both of the boys excitedly.
The neighbor kids began to laugh and told the boys that digging all the way through the Earth was impossible. The boys were clearly disappointed with the lack of support from their peers.
However, after a minute of silence and reflection, excitement returned to the eyes of one of the boys and he picked up a jar full of spiders, worms, and insects. The boy removed the lid and showed the contents of the jar to the scoffing kids, “Well, maybe we can and maybe we can’t, but even if we can’t, you should see some of the cool stuff we’re finding on the way!”
As you work and toil in pursuit of the Apiary Fund goals, there are three lessons we can learn from the boys who tried digging through the earth:
Never underrate the value of your progress. Reaching the goal is not the ultimate measure of success. There is great success in the progress. There is great satisfaction in the milestones. There is great joy in the journey. Here is one of my favorite quotes:
“Life is like an old time rail journey…delays…sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling burst of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride.” (Gordon B. Hinckley, 1910-2008)
Don’t surrender to negativity. No matter what progress you’ve made in your goal, not everyone will see the full vision of your success. But you don’t have to surrender to their negativity.
Pick up treasures along the way. It’s important to remember as you pursue your goals that you can pick up a lot of “cool” things in the course of your journey. I remember wishing I had a mentor who could take me under his wing and show me everything I needed to know to become a successful trader. The fact is, I had many mentors and they all gave me treasures of wisdom that has benefited me in great measure throughout my life.
Learning to trade is a journey – an old rail journey – full of bumps and jolts and dust and smoke. The unpleasantness of the journey is also part of the marvel. It’s part of what makes the journey unique. In fact, it only helps elevate the magnificence of the success. Sure, others may scoff and poke fun, but successful traders look beyond the naysayers and keep a positive perspective.