Make the Full Effort
Sabrina's Father's Hard Work
Erin's Effort Attracts Vast Result
Efforts/Hard Work are Fulfilled by Life, Attracts Positive Life Response
-If you work
harder, a pressing problem(s) that is already there will dissolve on its
own; plus the current work will be enhanced well beyond its earlier
Reluctantly, he accepted the invitation to come in on that weekend. After five minutes in the store a customer walked in and ordered $30000 in sales, nearly equal to a months worth of sales for him in the past. In addition, in the next few weeks even higher than usual sales accumulated for the remainder of that month. At the end of the month most of the veterans sales tallied around $50-60000. Our salesperson, however, accumulated $110000 in sales, the highest total monthly sales in the computer center's history. He ended up making more money in that month than in any month previous in his life. He created immediate prosperity in life by changing an attitude. He also had more energy than before because just because he made the extra effort. In addition, as a result of that effort he became more confident, prosperous, and happy, which in of itself made him feel even more energetic.
-A man who was reluctant to clean a swimming pool made the decision to over come his reluctance, and began to make the mental effort to figure out what compounds would be needed to clean the pool. As a result of this a professional pool cleaner suddenly appears on the scene to take up where he left off.
Hard Work that Overcame Humiliation, Attractting a Revolution in World Finance
In Dee Hock's book Birth of the Chaordic Age, he describes an extraordinary situation where many years ago, he was trying to get a new concept -- the credit card -- established. At one point things apparently were not going well in his life, as he was reduced to learning franchise banking at a mere branch office. One time while working in the bank, he and his assistant were unable to balance the books at the end of the day. The brusque assistant suggested that the missing deposit was likely in the basement in the garbage. Dee was now utterly humiliated by this turn of fortune in his life, considering his previous position as a major BofA executive; but shakes that off as pride, and goes through 10 barrels of garbage to find the missing slip! At one point his co-worker arrives on the scene and indicates that she has found it, solving the problem. Hock then narrates that only a few days later an official contacted and informed him that Bank of America had decided to go ahead and franchise the BankAmericard credit card scheme he had worked so hard to develop, and his help was also needed in the implementation. This was a great moment in Dee's life, and in the history of the credit card. Essentially on that day the VISA credit card and corporation were formed.
It was Dee's willingness to put out the last bit of effort in going through the garbage that led to this great positive response from life.
Hard Work Attracts
Hard work doesn't just attract expected results for extra effort, but also attracts life response results. You see this especially for those who are lazy or less likely to make the extra effort.
Extra Effort Attracts Infinity in the Matter
Going the extra mile -- whether for a customer or someone else -- attracts the Infinite potential hidden within it.
Consultant's Effort of
Perfection Rewarded In
an Unexpected Way
A management consultant and businessman was putting the finishing touches on a proposal that was to be sent out to a number of prospective decision makers. He had made a great effort in developing the proposal and accompanying brochure, gathering information from various sources, and doing everything he could to make things just right; in other words, to perfect it.
Now the moment arrived when he was going to email this proposal in which he sought backing for a very innovative software system his associate had developed. He then clicked his computer mouse and out went the message along with the detailed proposal document to a host of important decision makers.
Interestingly, at the very INSTANT he clicked the mouse, he also received an email message from a client. When he reviewed the contents he realized that he had been contracted to do consulting work at a considerable fee every month with that organization. It was an incredible moment, as he needed the funding to sustain himself, plus it was an opportunity to engage in some interesting management consulting work.
Though the click of the mouse did not to garner the specific results he hoped for from the intended audience (the decision makers for the software program), it did simultaneously attract an overwhelmingly positive result from an entirely different area.
What was the underlying cause of this synchronistic outcome? Because the consultant made the full effort to perfect the proposal and brochure, life responded instantaneously with a great opportunity and result.
This episode indicates that when you make the full, persevering, relenting effort to make a thing perfect, life responds out of all proportion. And often in the most extraordinary ways!
Effort in One Area Attracts in Another
One powerful principle of life is that when we make a full effort in one area, it may fail or modestly succeed, yet produce great results in another.
A perfect example of this recently occurred with US President Obama at the Copenhagen conference. There he tried very hard to get the nations of the world to agree on a global environmental strategy. And yet the results he elicited were modest for all the effort he put in.
And yet something else happened. When he arrived back in Washington, he unexpectedly received word that he had secured the vote of the US senator that would insure that his health care legislation would pass without a filibuster.
As we see, an effort in one area that produces modest results can manifest in another with startling outcomes. It is actually a common dynamic of life that goes unnoticed. And yet if we look around, we can see the correspondence between our inner and outer efforts, and the changes that suddenly spring forward from the most unexpected quarters.
Effort in Challenging Situations Causes Life to Open Up
Each time you make the full effort and push through a difficult or challenging work, life opens up quickly thereafter -- especially when it was accomplished through a positive, cheerful attitude, and an adventurous, open-to-all spirit.
Life Takes Over When You Make the Exhaustive Effort
When you make the full effort to complete a project of considerable value, life responds and brings good fortune in closely related areas. It is as if life took up the exhaustive effort and swept you towards benefit that the project was undertaken for in the first place.
Effort to Attract Money when Funds are Low
If funds, money are low, a 1% increase in work effort will attract much more of it.
The same is true of those who seek promotions. In spite of the atmosphere of politics, intrigues, and corruption in some offices, he who has acquired the knowledge of the higher post and is a willing worker, will readily get promoted. Those who are denied promotions are those who crave for the higher post with higher remuneration but are averse to work.
Invocation of Spirit readily gets one a job or longed for promotion because it energises his faculties. (MSS, slightly modified)
A Quiet Endurance to Success
Work Started, Delayed Will Come Back
Persistent Honesty Prevails
Work Attracts More Work, Money
The Response that
Changed My Life
By December 1974, I had graduated Syracuse University and was living with my parents in New York City. After working as part of a group of four house painters, who also happened to be close friends, I headed west to California by van. When I settled into the San Francisco Bay area, I was free, but as yet unable to sustain myself due to lack of work. The truth is I made little effort to secure that work, since I was enjoying my freedom too much!
Soon thereafter, I met a woman there with whom I got involved. I drove back to New York, and from there flew to Brussels, Belgium where I met up with her. Together we then went on a wild bus excursion across the continent, from Amsterdam to Athens. After enjoying Athens and having a mystical experience at the Acropolis, my friend informed me that she planned to continue on to the Middle East in order to visit Egypt and Israel. However, realizing that I had strayed too far off the path, I informed her that I could go no further. And so in a dramatic scene worthy of a romantic film, we said our tearful goodbyes and separated at the Athens airport. From there I flew on to Geneva, Switzerland and then across the Atlantic to New York.
A year earlier, I had intended to go to the Graduate School of Journalism in Berkeley when I first ventured to California months earlier, but on arrival there, I decided not to attend. Nor, did I take to working in order to support myself, as mentioned before. Therefore, I floundered on my first stay in California. This time, however, as I mulled over my future from my parents home in New York, I was determined that if I returned to California, I would make a serious go of it -- i.e. I would seriously seek out and secure work to sustain myself.
As it turned out, a friend of my family had moved to California years before, and now was a very wealthy businessman in Southern California. From New York, I called this gentleman by phone, and he offered me a job at one of his giant Lumber City retail outlets in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles. And so once again, I headed across country, this time by Greyhound bus, and arrived once more in California. (I accumulated a lot of road mileage during these years!)
Before I headed south to Los Angeles, I met up with old friends in San Francisco, and stayed at their home for several months. During that time, I painted the large house we all lived in, and then I used the money I earned to purchase a used car. With a means of transportation, I then drove down to Los Angeles with a friend to work at one of the Lumber City outlets run by the (previously alluded to) wealthy friend of my parents. After several months, I settled in and worked every day -- driving from my Santa Monica beach home to the inland valley suburb where my outdoor retail job was located.
One day I decided to drive to an area not far from downtown LA, and visit the ''East West Center", a sort of mini ashram dedicated to a blending of eastern and western spirituality and culture. That day I met a woman there who told me of people living in the nearby San Fernando Valley who were importing gift items from the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry India. I had a keen interest in the sage and seer's teachings for several years and was looking to find an outlet to pursue them in the LA area. I hoped that the East-West Center would serve that purpose, which was the reason I visited that place that day. However, I was also looking to blend my spiritual interests with real work experience. I.e. I wanted my work to be an application of -- an extension of -- the spiritual knowledge I had begun to embrace. Thus, when I learned of the potential opportunity of working with the devotees who lived in the Valley, I was eager to meet them.
Shortly thereafter, I set up an appointment and visited their home. It did not take but a few moments to see that there was a powerful connection between us. Realizing our great mutual interest, we quickly arranged that I would begin selling their products by going door to door at appropriate retail outlets in the LA region. It was not only fun and invigorating being outdoors in the warm, golden sunshine during the winter months, but financially and spiritually rewarding as well. Most importantly, I had now established an entirely new direction in my life.
As it turned out, I would continue selling and working with these same individuals in a variety of capacities for the next 30 years. In fact, Growth Online itself began as a collaborative effort that was a direct outgrowth of that relationship.
And so it was on that day so long ago in Los Angeles that I made the connection with the people at Mother's Service Society that changed the course of my life. That relationship not only aided me in my spiritual pursuits, but also provided me with a practical outlet by which I could apply these inner principles. In that way, I had finally melded together two cornerstones of my life -- spirit and work -- creating a new unity of purpose.
However, none of this would have happened if I hadn't made one critical decision. It was when I decided to seriously work. When in New York and later in San Francisco I committed to working at my parents friend's Lumber City outlet in Los Angeles, I set in motion events that changed the course of my life. It created the vast opening that allowed me to come in contact with the Aurobindo followers in the San Fernando Valley. That inner and outer commitment to hard work attracted the fulfillment of my heart's desire. Or to put it another way, overcoming my poor attitude toward work brought me my very life's purpose.
In fact, everything that has happened to me over the next 30 years --
the sales company I built in the San Francisco Bay Area, the computer
training and consulting company I founded there (GuruSoftware), the
birth and development of Growth Online, the books I have written on Life
Response and other subjects -- all emerged from that fateful time in
December 1975 when I decided to seriously work, which attracted the
individuals who would shape my life.
The Missing Life Response Book
As it turns out, the other day I went into the back area of my home and noticed that the vertical drain was clogged with leaves and mud. Workers had been doing some construction around that area which blocked me from noticing the problem for a number of weeks. However, now that they were finished, I saw the clogging and I was now very concerned because rains were on their way. I was alarmed that if the drain remained stopped up, the water would back up on the roof and then seep through the ceiling of the work area of my home.
At first, I was reluctant to do anything about it, but then I went down to speak to the manager. Unfortunately, she was not going to be in for a while. However, when I went to my mailbox instead, I received a most unexpected check from the State of California for some unclaimed property that was now due to me. I thought that was a nice little response to overcoming my reluctance to deal with the drain.
An hour later, I went down again and this time my manager was there. I told her about my gutter situation, and she said she would put someone on it immediately. As I was about to leave her office, she most surprisingly mentioned that she had a package for me. I thought that was odd since I had not received a notice in my mailbox of the fact. She then pulled out my parcel from the pile, and I instantly knew it was the book I had been waiting for! I also realized that it might have been sitting in that stack with the other packages for weeks. In the end, because I overcame my reluctance to act on the drain and was persistent in trying to contact the manger, I not only received a most unusual and timely check from the State of California, but I found my missing book. As a result, I was now able to resume one of the most important marketing campaigns -- to find a publisher -- of my life.
PS: As a result of finding the book, I was very energized, and that intensity enabled me to nearly instantly attract a perfect list of literary agents, something I had struggled to find since last June. It just fit the pattern of all the other things that had happened in the last several hours. It was to be the final of four consecutive mini responses that were in my mind all inextricably connected.