Robert Millard My Edge International colleague in Johannesburg, Robert Millard, passed this along internally – I immediately sought his permission to share it with you.
You are driving down the road in your car on a wild, stormy night, when you pass by a bus stop and you see three people waiting for the bus: 1. An old lady who looks as if she is about to die. 2. An old friend who once saved your life. 3. The perfect partner you have been dreaming about. Which one would you choose to offer a ride to, knowing that there could only be one passenger in your car? Think carefully before you continue reading…………………… You could pick up the old lady, because she is going to die, and thus you should save her first. Or you could take the old friend because he once saved your life, and this would be the perfect chance to pay him back. However, you may never be able to find your perfect mate again. The “out of the box” answer? Give the car keys to your old friend and let him take the lady to the hospital. Then stay behind and wait for the bus with the partner of your dreams. Sometimes, we gain more if we are able to give up our stubborn thought limitations.
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