The gold nuggets from the classic “see You at The Top” by Zig Ziglar are never ending and plentiful. The gold nuggets that I am going to discuss today is “the price of success is much lower than the price of failure”. This quote is a reminder of a blog post I wrote a few years back. Read my blog post it dealt with the pain of failure or the pain of regret. Zig Ziglar say the same thing in a different way. It all stem from the mindset of the person in charge of his or her destiny. I don’t remember where I heard it but I remember a story of a wise man who was given a choice by an evil man.
The evil man had a bird in his hands that was hidden. The wise man could not tell if the bird was alive or dead. He asked the wise man if the bird was alive or dead. The wise man knew that if he stated that the bird was alive. The evil man would have broken the bird’s neck. He also knew that if he said the bird was dead, then the evil man would have open his head and let the bird fly away. The wise man thought about for a few and told the evil man the fate of the bird is up to you.
Zig concluded the meaning of this parable in a similar fashion “in your hands you hold the seeds of failure or the potential for greatness”. The decision to be a failure or success is up to you and you alone. If you point your finger at the person you feel is responsible for your failure. It is only natural that 3 fingers point squarely at yourself. Zig Ziglar’ statement is powerful in it own right even though it is simple stated. The price of success does cost less than the price of failure. When you fail you tend to live that failure over and over again. It is if a 2000 pound elephant is weighing you down in a kiddie pool that is your life.