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A Story About the Jeep, the Boat, the Helicopter

  
  
  
  

This is a story about a man with hope and faith during a time of emergency.  It is applicable to both personal life and business success of entrepreneurs.

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There once was a man who lived in a two story house.  The house was near a river and unfortunately the river began to flood. 

As the river rose, warnings were given via radio, TV and shortwave. Large jeeps drove through the area to evacuate people.  As a jeep drove by the man's house, he was told:

"You are in danger.  Your life is at stake.  You must evacuate.  Get in the Jeep.  Let us help you evacuate."

"No," the man replied from his doorstep.  "I have faith.  I will be ok.  The flood won't get me.  God will take care of me."

The water continued to rise.

Soon the man was on the second floor.  A boat was going through the area and arrived at the man's house. Rescuers made every effort to convince the man to take action so that his life would be saved.

"You are in danger.  Your life is at stake.  You will drown in the flood."

"No worries," says the man.  "I have faith.  Everything is ok.  Even though the flood is rising, I will be fine.  God will take care of me."

The flood continued to rise.

The man went to the roof to avoid the rising water.  A helicopter pilot sees him on top of the roof and hovers above the man.  Using a megaphone, the pilot tries to convince the man to grab the rope ladder which was dangling above his head.

"You are in danger.  The flood is still rising.  You will drown if you do not grab the rope ladder.  Let us help you."

"No worries."  says the man.  "I will be fine.  Yes, the flood is higher but I have faith.  God will take care of me."

The flood rises.  The man drowns.

At the pearly gates, the man says to God:  "I had faith.  You let me die."

To which God replies: "I sent you a jeep, a boat and a helicopter.  What more could I have done for you?"

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help pileEach day someone comes to you with a hand extended, a tool, or a tip which will help you out of trouble.  Often times the tip is simple, obvious and may not seem so special.  The source of the answer you seek may appear to be drab or un-special.

Whether you believe life is based on a series of coincidences or believe that everything is connected to a plan which is beyond our understanding; there are solutions at your fingertips.

Sure enough; "Trust but Verify" is necessary to minimize waste and protect against those who are predators or cons.

question markDo you know someone who is waiting for a magic answer to cure all the problems and comes with bells and whistles, flashing lights and floats from the clouds?

Too many entrepreneurs rely completely on hope and wait much too long for "the answer".  After months or even years go by, the result becomes a perpetual status quo of survival. 

Working harder and having faith are absolutely essential.  It is also essential to stay aware and be willing to take action on opportunities that arise.

question markYou may be one who offers help, advice, tools or tips and receivea a blank stare or high resistance.  What is the best way to respond when you know a person is going to fail and they refuse to have aide?  

When all is said and done, most people already have the needed answers within reach.  Slow down and look around.

The wise learn from the mistakes of others, it's the fool that wants to make their own mistakes.  -  Tony Gaskins

Perfection is the lowest standard of achievement.  Doing is the highest.  - Andy Jenkins

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all. - Dale Carnegie




Comments

I agree 100%! One must take action when, not if, an opportunity presents itself! 
 
Great post!
Posted @ Wednesday, January 19, 2011 12:30 PM by John Watson
Thanks John for the validation and support.  
 
If only there was a gadget to instantly measure "good opportunity" vs. bad.  
 
:) 
 
Best, 
 
Mike
Posted @ Thursday, January 20, 2011 5:02 PM by Michael Hartzell
Sometimes when we are sitting in the eye of the storm recognising and accepting help can be tricky! My vicar once told a similar story at church one Sunday. I like it because it reminds us that God is here and now an does care, although it may not be a "bible story" it has helped me to recognise and appreciate where divine help and strength has been given! 
Posted @ Thursday, March 21, 2013 12:30 PM by Rob
Rob, 
Yes... there may be divine help and strength being provided even as we speak... (and complain) 
 
Eyes and ears open may not be enough. 
 
thank you for your comment.
Posted @ Thursday, March 21, 2013 8:42 PM by Michael Hartzell
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