The Midas Touch

Leave this world a little better than you found it.”

-Robert Baden-Powell

Have you ever noticed, how certain people who tend to succeed, tend to continue to succeed? And how certain people who tend to fail, tend to continue to fail? Why do some people, seem to make everything they touch turn into gold? While the touch of others, leaves nothing but lead? Imagine you know two people. We will call them “Happy Hannah” and “Debbie Downer”. Every time you see “Happy Hannah”, your heart lights up, and you smile. No matter what you discuss, you are always glad you saw her. Compare that to “Debbie Downer”. Every time you see her, you are filled with frustration and negativity. No matter what you discuss, you always wish you didn’t. Now imagine two people whom you work with. We will call them “Figure It Out Phil” and “Mess It Up Marvin”. When you are working with “Figure It Out Phil”, you know that the work will be done right. Therefore you appreciate him, and enjoy his cooperation. Whenever your working with “Mess It Up Marvin”, you know that he is incompetent, and you end up having to do the majority of the work. He is of little value, so therefore you don’t appreciate his cooperation. In both examples, those who you appreciated created value to you with their presence. Those you who you didn’t appreciate, created little value to you with their presence. If you wish to have the touch that turns everything into gold, you must be of value to whatever you are touching. Suppose you wished to increase your pay within your company. To have your pay increased, the work you do would have to reflect the value you create for the company. Suppose you wished to paint the greatest painting ever painted. To be the greatest painting, it would have to give more aesthetic pleasure than any other painting in existence. Therefore, you would have to give more value to the canvas, than any other painter. By giving value to the canvas, your painting will shine gold. To live a life with the “The Midas Touch”, you must create value with everywhere you go, with everyone you meet, and with everything you do. How we conduct ourselves gives the world a reflection of who we are as individuals. It is from giving the world value; we can reflect the gold within our hearts, onto the things in which we touch. When the winds begin to blow, and the skies begin to hail, seek great wisdom as you go, and set the better sail.