On a warm spring afternoon, fifteen years ago, two young men graduated from the same college. They were similar in many ways…
Like all diligent, hard working students they had also enjoyed time off to play sport and to have fun with their friends. And they were both very excited about the bright future that lay ahead.
Fifteen years later they met.
They were still alike in many ways. Both had a good family life, a comfortable home and they both had a little gray hair! But there was a difference.
One of the men is now a victim of his own success – he is running as fast as he can and still he cannot keep up with the mountain of work that lands on his desk each day.
All day long his staff and his superiors make demands of him he cannot say no to and at home he is at the mercy of the whims of his family. He feels taken for granted and unappreciated.
On the other hand. The second man is in charge of his own business and works as many or as few hours as he pleases each day. People look up to him, respect him and enjoy spending time with him. At home, his opinions are valued and his needs respected.
The difference lies in how you relate to people. There is an easy way and a hard way. The hard way means people take you for granted, they do not really listen to you and all too often they treat you as no more than a resource they can use to get what they want.