“I bargained with life for a penny
and life would pay no more,
however, I begged at evening
when I counted my scanty store;
For life is a just employer
he gives you what you ask
but, once you have set the wages
why, you must bear the task;
I worked for a menial’s hire
only to learn dismayed
that any wage I had asked of life,
life would have willingly paid.”
Inside Napoleon Hill’s book, “The Master-Key
to Riches,” I found a unique poem. Curious,
I decided to memorize it. Although more
challenging to memorize than originally
anticipated, I finally succeeded.
The poem presented a unique message. After
repeatedly writing the poem, I got the message.
What had I asked for in my life? As I reviewed
my adult years, I realized I had settled for a
mediocre life and I could thank only myself for
I began clipping out stories of hope and
encouragement in newspapers and magazines.
As I read, I began recording titles of books to
read. Curious about the success habits of others,
I wanted to know their secret.
One day I asked myself, “If I could do anything
without any restrictions, what would I do?” Travel
came to mind. I thought about my favorite colors
and a doll I received at Christmas when I was
five years old. I remembered how much I enjoyed
watching the ventriloquist, Shari Lewis and her
assistants, Lamb Chop and Hush Puppy. I realized
my long forgotten dream of being a ventriloquist.
I knew nothing about ventriloquism and had
dismissed the idea because I simply did not know
where to begin.
However, one night I decided to begin searching
for a DVD on ventriloquism; I am a visual learner
needing a lot of instructions. I found one. After
considerable deliberation, I purchased the DVD.
Step one completed.
I visited the coast for the weekend and found a
puppet in a magic store. The identity of the puppet
was a dog named “Goldie.” My best friend traveling
with me knew I wanted to be a ventriloquist. She
asked, “Do you really like the puppet?” She
purchased it and handed her to me. Now I think
about the dialogue Goldie wants to say. Step two
My family and I ate dinner at a local restaurant
where my daughter found a dog-themed miniature
pet taxi. Even though our own dog, a miniature rat
terrier, did not share our interest, I knew it would
be ideal for Goldie as she travels to her speaking
engagements. Step three completed.
Although I have not yet mastered the ventriloquist
skills I desire, I realized I had actively begun the
pursuit of fulfilling my childhood dream I had
Perhaps you, too, have a forgotten dream. Stop
and ask yourself the same question I did.
“What am I asking for in my life?”
© April 1, 2007
Source by A. H. Scott