“Alexander the Great visited the Delphic Oracle wishing to hear a prophecy that he would soon conquer the entire ancient world. To his surprise the oracle refused a direct comment and asked him to come later. Furious, Alexander the Great dragged Pythia by the hair out of the chamber until she screamed “Let go of me; you’re unbeatable!” The moment hearing these words he dropped her, saying “Now I have my answer.”
I doubt that any of us would pass up any worthwhile opportunity, if offered, but I also believe we can each have about ten times the drive from our own internal passion, compared to what any other single person can do to make things happen for us. Because, just like baking a cake, we must get the right set of ingredients, in the correct proportions, then mix and bake them in the correct way for success. Our passion gives us the tenacity to get it right.
If I were to have a list of “oracles” I was to consult, to get their special anointing, here are a few that would be on my list:
1. Local-area top sales execs. They tend to be a big part of making things happen, and are intimately involved in my local marketplace. The more competitive sales execs will probably hold their cards close to their vest. You might need to “interpret” what they say, because in some markets, they compete amongst each other.
2. Top customers. They use the product, and know why it has the success that it has.
3. You own inner voice. In your own heart and mind, you need to have something that you are passionate about. Capital Letters(1) or not, you need that divine spark inside of you that will get you through the tough times.
We don’t have kings in this country; it’s not about divine right. It is just like baking a cake. In our American culture, even the typical, non-cooking husband can try to bake a cake, if he wants. And many have. Those that take initiative, are persistent, and that mix the right, proportioned ingredients, and bake them correctly, are most likely to succeed.
(1) See the post on Penn Jillette. If we are going to pull a rabbit out of a hat, put together “one version of the truth” for a customer, or any other seeming miracle, we need to be passionate about it. It eliminates our competition; it makes us unique. We are all unique individuals, with our own unique mark to make on this world.