The luckiest guy in the world
T. Boone Pickens often say’s he’s the “luckiest guy in the world.” If you have heard of the Oil Tycoon you might think it’s because of his billion dollar fortune. You would be mistaken. Here is the true story of why he feels that way.
”My mom got pregnant in 1927, and I showed up in May 1928, in a small town in rural Oklahoma. And the doctor said to my father, “Tom, You’re going to have to make a tough decision here- whether your wife or your child survives.” And my dad said, “You can’t do that. Surely you can figure out how to get the baby without losing either one of them.”
And the lucky thing was, that of the two doctors in that small town, my Mom’s doctor was a surgeon. And he said, “Well, Tom, what you’re asking me to do is a Caesarean section. I’ve never done it. I’ve seen it. I’ve read about it, and I‘ll show you how much I’ve read. “ So, he took him across the room and showed him a page and a half he had on Caesarean sections. “Tom, this is all I have to go on, “ he said. My dad read it and looked at him. “I think you can do it.”
They knelt down and prayed. And then he talked that doctor into delivering me that day, in 1928, via Caesarean. It was 30 years later before they did another Caesarean in that hospital.” T. Boone Pickens *
This story brought tears to my eyes. It’s so inspiring. When things looked dark Tom Pickens focused on possibility, and getting what he wanted. He would not accept the Doctor’s limited choices. He would not accept a trained professional’s opinion. He was not worried about looking stupid or out of place. He wasn’t worried about failing. He didn’t give a flying flip about protocol and “what we can do here.” He focused on finding a solution, even though he had no idea what the solution was. The result. His wife and son both lived!
This is what I’m talking about when I say find your emotional hook!** The world will tell you, “No.” The path will not be clear. At times your dream will look impossible. You have to constantly reinvest and review what’s at stake. And usually, what’s at stake is your dream life.
So, don’t be hypnotized by “good enough.” How many times do you think you are going to ride this ride? “I will just live with it, ” is too high of a price to pay. Become that person you dream yourself to be. The MAN upstairs is not a sadist. He wouldn’t give you the vision if you didn’t have the juice.
T. Boone Pickens attributes part of his success to his ability to make decisions. I can see why. He had one hell of a role model.***
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*Excerpt is from Tony Robbins book: Money: Master the game.
** An emotional hook is the emotional reason for why you want what you want. This is what drives the action. The stronger the hook. The more likely the desired outcome. Money for money’s sake is not motivating. This is why it’s essential to find your hook.
*** T. Boone Pickens has given away a Billion dollars. That has nothing to do with the story. I just thought it was impressive.