Monday, June 11, 2012

Life Is All About Peanuts

I love the giant, roasted, salted-in-the-shell peanuts. If you sit me down on my deck with a bowl of them and a cold beverage or two…or three…I’ll spend a few hours shelling, eating and throwing shells over my shoulder into the backyard.

Last night, while SETting (that would be Shelling, Eating, Throwing) I had a life lesson pop up for me.

One of life’s frustrations is struggling with an especially difficult peanut and just as you get it open your hand jerks with the effort and the nut falls out and onto the ground…I’m well-aware of the “5-second rule” but I usually am not going to pick it up, blow off the dirt and eat it…unless it’s the last one.

And it hit me that life is like my peanut experience. If you’re going to make an effort to get something out of life—to open the peanut—there are going to be times when it doesn’t work out the way you had hoped.

So, do you say, “Well, that’s it for me. No more peanuts,” or do you simply reach into the bowl get another peanut and try again?

Here’s a cool thought: How many peanuts do you lose in a session? If you open and drop 90% it may not be worth the effort. But for most of us, it’s more like things work out 90% of the time. That’s a great percentage, I’d take a 90% win rate to Las Vegas anytime!

In life, what’s your dropped peanut rate? No one wins 100% of the time. What rate are you willing to consider an overall win?

1 comment:

  1. my only advice? just don't eat those peanuts that someone already sucked the chocolate off of.