Be a People Person by Zig Ziglar

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Zig ZiglarBe spontaneous and enthusiastic and I’ll SEE YOU AT THE TOP!

In his inspiring book by that title, John Maxwell tells a story. In England there is a monument to the sport of rugby, the forerunner of American football. The monument depicts an eager boy leaning down to pick up a ball. At the base of the statue is this inscription: “With a fine disregard for the rules, he picked up the ball and ran.”

The statue and inscription tell a true story. An important game of rugby was taking place between two English schools. During the closing minutes of the contest, a boy more gifted with enthusiasm and school spirit than with experience, was sent into the game for the first time. Forgetting all the rules, particularly the one that says a player does not touch the ball with his hands, and conscious only of the fact that the ball had to be at the goal line within seconds if his school were to be victorious, the boy picked up the ball and, to the amazement of everyone, started the sprint of his life to the goal line. The confused officials and players remained frozen where they stood, but the spectators were so moved by the boy’s spirit and entertained by his performance that they stood up and applauded long and loudly.

This incident totally eclipsed the rest of the game’s action. As a result, a new sport was born: Football. It wasn’t because of carefully worded arguments and rule changes, it was because of one boy’s enthusiastic mistake.

The bottom line is that sometimes spontaneity produces incredible results and enthusiasm is always an asset in life. Be spontaneous and enthusiastic and I’ll SEE YOU AT THE TOP!

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