Hidden Treasures

Paulo CoelhoSome years ago, after speaking at a conference, a young lady walked up to me and asked, “Must one go through pain to attain greatness?” I instinctively replied, “I don’t know anyone who didn’t”.

I’m currently reading Paulo Coelho’s authorized biography, A Warrior’s Life. He is now famous, but his journey was not easy; he suffered many things. Buried in all that pain was one of the greatest writers of our time who has sold over a 100million copies of his books. Someone once said, “Locked up in the mocked, is the made”.

Pain is a refiner. Like the fire that purifies gold, it helps identify what’s not working for you. This way you are able to identify areas of change and act accordingly. If well managed, the best of you emerges from pressure.

Except you derive some pleasure from it, I don’t think pain is fun. However, it’s functional. You’re gold and for you to be marketable, the process of refinement is necessary.

Time, heat and pressure makes a rough stone precious…and yes, it may not be fun, but it’s worth it.


I Value YOU

goldLast week, I was asked by a national magazine to write an article on SMEs and business certifications. It got me thinking about the value of people.

The ISO (International Organization for Standardization) certification is a vetting process that businesses go through in order to earn the right to do business at a certain level. In our relationships, this thinking should equally apply. Do you have a vetting system for the people that come into your life? How much value have you placed on yourself? Access is a gift; it parallels value.

It is unwise to give access to people that don’t qualify. They may not value the hard work that you’ve invested in becoming who you are. A box of cookies does not cost the same as a bar of gold. They should earn your essence.

I value my mind, so I feed it with quality knowledge that keeps it sharp. I value my time, so I try not to give it to those who don’t value theirs. I value my essence, so I’ve built a system that keeps away confusion. I invest so much in me; it’s a factor.