Use all the horse power|Story no. 45/101

A number of years ago oil was discovered on some Oklahoma property that belonged to an old Indian. All of his life the old Indian had been poverty stricken, but the discovery of oil suddenly made him a very wealthy man. One of the first things he did was buy himself a big Cadillac touring car.

In those days, the touring cars had two spare tires on the back. However, the old Indian wanted the longest car in the territory so he added four more spare tires. He bought an Abraham Lincoln stovepipe hat, added tails and a bow tie and completed his outfit with a big black cigar. Every day he would drive into the hot, dusty, little Oklahoma town that was nearby.

He wanted to see everyone, and be seen by everyone. He was a friendly old soul, so when riding through town he would turn both left and right to speak to everyone in sight. As a matter of fact, he would turn all the way around and speak to folks. Interestingly enough, he never ran into anybody or over anybody. He never did any physical damage or any property damage.

The reason is simple. Directly in front of that big beautiful automobile, there were two horses – pulling it. Local mechanics said there was nothing wrong with the car’s engine, but the old Indian never learned how to insert the key and switch on the ignition. Inside the car were a hundred horses ready, willing and raring to go, but the old Indian was using two horses on the outside.

 

De-briefing of this Story

People make the mistake of looking outside to find two horsepower when they should look inside, where they have over a hundred. This is the biggest tragedy of human life – “the waste of human resources.” People do not use all their potential as they are constantly looking outside. Therefore the average person goes to his grave with his music still in him.

 

This story can be used to share the importance of

1- Using all your potential

2- Stop depending on outside circumstances

 

Story Source

From the book “See you at the Top” by Zig Ziglar

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