Margi Starr Springfield, Ohio, USA
Chapter 13—The Brain
There’s a fun Awareness Test on YouTube that is quite profound. As the short video
begins, you see a group of basketball players and you are asked to count the number
of passes they make with the basketball. One-Two-Three-Four-Five-Six-…and it goes
to about Thirteen. The first time most people watch it, they are oblivious to seeing the
“Thing” that walks through the middle of all the action. Most people are so focused on
counting the right number of passes that their brain doesn’t even “see” the Moonwalking
Our brain has the amazing capacity to focus. The brain can block out distractions and
focus on only the things that will help us complete our task.
Years ago when I was going through childbirth, I focused on certain breathing patterns,
which enabled me to avoid drugs and anesthesia. I successfully blocked out the pain.
I trained my brain to focus on the right thing for that moment.
But sometimes when we focus on the wrong things, the Moonwalking Bear can be right
there in the middle of the room and we are totally oblivious.
That’s why the Mentoring for Free education is so crucial. We can get so focused on
the numbers in our comp plan or the ingredients in our products that we fail to grasp
what a Five Pillar Company looks like. We can spend years in a company in which we
can never retire, and be focused on all the wrong things.
Friends, we can rationalize anything. As Michael Dlouhy often says, “Any excuse will
do.” When we get discouraged because things aren’t happening in our businesses
like we think they should, it’s easy to come up with all kinds of excuses.
It’s always easier to blame our company, or our upline, or the cost of the products, or
But because I KNOW I’m in a 5 Pillar company, when I look in the mirror, the real
problem comes back to me.
To make more you MUST become more…A person with MORE compassion. A
person with MORE leadership skills. A person with MORE___________ (you fill
in the blank)
That’s great news! Because it means that as I continue to grow ME, I WILL
Be honest with yourself. What do you need MORE of?