the master teacher once said 2000 years ago,
"Unless you can become like little children, your
chances are zero; you haven't got a prayer."
A major consideration for adults.
Be like children and remember there are four ways to be
more like a child no matter how old you get. . .
1) Curiosity--Be curious; childish
curiosity. Learn to be curious like a child.
What will kids do if they want to know something bad
enough? You’re right. They will bug
you. Kids can ask a million questions. You
think they're through. They've got another
million. They will keep plaguing you. They
can drive you right to the brink.
Also, kids use their curiosity to learn. Have you
ever noticed that while adults are stepping on ants,
children are studying them? A child's curiosity is
what helps them to reach, learn and grow.
2) Excitement--Learn to get excited like a child.
There is nothing that has more magic than childish
excitement. So excited you hate to go to bed at
Can't wait to get up in the morning.
So excited that you're about to explode. How can
anyone resist that kind of childish magic? Now,
once in awhile I meet someone who says, "Well, I'm
a little too mature for all that childish
excitement." Isn't that pitiful? You've
got to weep for these kinds of people. All I've
got to say is, "If you’re too old to get excited,
you're old." Don't get that old.
3) Faith--Faith like a child. Faith is
childish. How else would you describe it?
Some people say, "Let's be adult about
it." Oh no. No. Adults too often
have a tendency to be overly skeptical. Some
adults even have a tendency to be cynical. Adults
say, "Yeah. I've heard that old positive line
before. It will be a long day in June before I
fall for that positive line. You've got to prove
to me it's any good." See, that's adult, but
kids aren't that way. Kids think you can get
anything. They are really funny. You tell
kids, "We're going to have three swimming
pools." And they say, "Yeah.
Three. One each. Stay out of my swimming
pool." See, they start dividing them up right
away, but adults are not like that. Adults say,
"Three swimming pools? You're out of your
mind. Most people don't even have one swimming
pool. You'll be lucky to get a tub in the back
yard." You notice the difference? No
wonder the master teacher said, "Unless you can
become like little children, your chances, they're
4) Trust--Trust is a childish virtue, but it has great
merit. Have you heard the expression "sleep
like a baby?" That's it. Childish
trust. After you’ve gotten an A+ for the day,
leave it in somebody else's hands.
Curiosity, excitement, faith and trust. Wow, what
a powerful combination to bring (back) into our lives.
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Reproduced with permission from the Jim Rohn Weekly E-zine.