Well, it’s only 10 days till Christmas Eve. So, I know you’re probably getting psyched about all the fun plans you’ve made. Right? Hopefully you don’t have a Scrooge (before ghosts) attitude. So, what DO you like best about Christmas? The food? The family? All the presents and glitter and sparkle? And the food?
One of my friends told me about his Christmas Eve tradition.
He and his wife love to watch Christmas themed movies every year. They have their favorite four or five. And he said they always end up with “It’s A Wonderful Life.”
If you haven’t seen that one, where’ve you been? The North Pole? Because George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart’s character) is one of the most famous Christmas stories here in America. And his story is so great. Because it shows how your investment in people can pay you back in dividends.
George Bailey spent a lot of his life trying to get away from his little hometown of Bedford Falls. But circumstances always pulled him back in. And it wasn’t just because he had no other choices. It was because George cared about people. His friends. And neighbors. And, of course, all his Building and Loan customers.
There’s one scene, in that movie, I particularly like.
It’s the scene where he lashes out at mean ol’ Mr. Potter. And it shows how much George cared about people. It was when the Building and Loan board of directors met, after his father’s death, to decide the fate of the company. Mr. Potter was in a hurry to dissolve the Building and Loan, and George said…
“Just a minute, just a minute. Now, hold on, Mr. Potter. Just a minute. Now, you’re right when you say my father was no business man. I know that. Why he ever started this cheap, penny-ante Building and Loan, I’ll never know. But neither you nor anybody else can say anything against his character, because his whole life was — Why, in the twenty-five years since he and Uncle Billy started this thing, he never once thought of himself. Isn’t that right, Uncle Billy? And he didn’t save enough money to send Harry to school, let alone me. But he did help a few people get outta your slums, Mr. Potter. And what’s wrong with that? Why…here, you’re all businessmen here. Doesn’t it make them better citizens? Doesn’t it make them better customers?”
Yeah, George didn’t realize how much he had already invested in his own life.
Because he had invested into the lives of others. Without even understanding how it helped him, too. It was almost like he couldn’t keep himself from helping others. But that helped him so much.
And he had to find out the hard way. But he DID find out on that special Christmas Eve night. George had served others well. And they stepped up to help him when he was almost at the breaking point.
Of course, I think George could have saved himself a lot of heartache if he’d just followed a System like my RondaReady YOUniversity. But that was back in the 1940’s. So they didn’t have systems like this. But YOU do. At least if you’re willing to invest in yourself so you can serve others well and benefit like George did. If you are, let’s talk about it. Book a free call with me as soon as possible. My handy dandy calendar is below.