In this episode host Brian Hazelgren continues a bit about maintaining a positive outlook on life and then dives in with the benefits of opposition. You will always be faced with some kind of opposition in life, the key is to use it to your advantage. He shares a few stories about how some made it work for them.
In a small Italian town hundreds of years ago, a small business owner owed a large sum of money to a loan shark.
The loan shark was a very old unattractive looking fellow. That just so happened to really take a fancy or like the business owners daughter, he decided to offer the businessman a deal that would completely wipe out the debt that was owed to him. However, the catch was that he would only wipe out the debt if he could marry the businessman’s daughter.
Well, needless to say this proposal was met with complete utter disgust by the daughter. She wanted no part of that, even to help her dad out. So, the loan shark said that he would place two pebbles in a bag one white and one black. The daughter would then have to reach into the bag and pick out a pebble. If it was black, the debt would be wiped out, but the loan shark would then marry her. If it was white, the debt would also be wiped out but the daughter would not have to marry the loan shark. So, standing on a pathway that had thousands of pebbles in the businessman’s garden, the loan shark bent over and picked up two pebbles. While he was picking them up, the daughter noticed that he had picked up two black pebbles and placed them into the bag. He then asked the daughter to reach into the bag and pick one.
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