Thursday, December 29, 2005

Having gall and audacity will get you everywhere

Parshat Miketz

Yosef is brought out of the jail in order to interpret Par'oh's dreams. Par'oh tells him the dreams and Yosef proceeds to interpret them to Par'oh's satisfaction.
Yosef then does something, that I find, extraordinary and filled with brashness. Yosef proceeds to tell Par'oh what to do and how to run his country, based on the interpretations of the dreams.

Let us not forget, Yosef is the young hebrew lad in jail for supposedly assaulting the great Potiphar's wife. Who is he to tell Par'oh how to run the country? That was not part of the dream! Yosef should have explained the dream and that's it. Par'oh would have then taken the information to his ministers and advisors and worked out a game plan. Yosef had tremendous gall to speak up out of place and tell Par'oh what to do.
But it worked.
Often, a person succeeds only if he goes out on a limb to succeed. He has to be willing to risk everything and face tremendous adversity, but his success will be great.
Most of us trudge through our daily routine, not willing to take too many risks. We work the same 9 to 5 job. We try not to make waves and hope to get through the day/week/month/project without being too noticed by our boss. Maybe we even have a few business ideas in the back of our mind as ways to get out of the current rut of life. But we are always too afraid to make the leap and take the risk. We all know someone who became successful, and it always began by his/her going out on a limb and taking risks.

It is much easier to write about it then to actually do it.

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