“Who wants this $100 bill?” he’ll ask. Audience members raise their hands or shout out. Canfield just stands there holding the bill until somebody finally gets it and jumps out of his/her seat to snatch the bill.
Canfield then asks what stopped the rest of them from coming after the money. The usual answers: “I wasn’t sure.” “I was too far back.” “Other people need it more.” “I didn’t want to look greedy.” “I was afraid I’d be doing something wrong.” “I was waiting for more instructions.”
Canfield then points out that whatever stopped them is the same thing that’s stopping them in the rest of their lives. A universal truth: How you do anything is how you do everything.
Canfield likens this over-cautiousness to driving with the emergency brake on. He thinks most people do it. If you simply release the brake, you go faster.
Lesson: When you have an inspired impulse to act, do it now.
— Adapted from The Success Principles, Jack Canfield, HarperResource.