Being able to see your blind spots is one of life’s most important lessons and it can be easily learned from a turkey. Every day at farms across the world, turkeys are born. They learn that humans feed them. They are thankful for the nice humans who feed and take care of them. As the days turn into months, the turkeys see that they get feed every day and begin to accept this as one of the core realities of their existence. After the passing of 364 days, they sleep that night being 100% sure that they will get fed the next day. On day 365, rather than getting fed, the farmer kills the turkey. There is a big problem with living your life assuming that your past will equal your future. The thing to learn is that you are not aware of what you do not know, like the turkey. These blind spots can sneak up on you and kill you before you even know what happened.
I know quite a few men who behave like turkeys in their romantic relationships. These guys assume that the women they are with will stay with them for no other reason than that they are with them right now. They think that if their woman was unhappy she would have already left, and since she is still with them she must be happy. It then comes as a huge surprise to them when their woman leaves for another guy. This other guy knows how to give her things in the relationship that the turkey never even knew she needed to be happy.
Then there are the turkeys who have worked at the same company for 20 years. Every day they sit in their cubical, and every two weeks they get a paycheck. They assume that this will continue with the same certainty as the sun rising every morning. Then, to their total shock, one dark morning they arrive at the office to find out that the company is out of business. Because this possibility never crossed their mind, they are not prepared for it.
It is a very foolish man who thinks he knows the rules of the game just because he has not lost, yet. The woman you are with is not going to tell you in advance that she is looking for another man. It comes as a total surprise to every man when this happens. The owner of your company is not going to tell you that the company will be bankrupt next month. It comes as a total surprise to every man when this happens. The farmer is not going to tell the turkey that he plans on killing it tomorrow. It comes as a complete surprise to every turkey when this happens.
Unfortunately life doesn’t come with “CAUTION: Slippery when wet!” warning labels. Your blind spots are your responsibility, and like I said, most people don’t even know they have these blind spots until it’s too late. The most successful men I know all keep an open mind and go into every situation knowing that they can not possibly know everything. It takes a big man to get past his own ego and admit that tomorrow may take a turn that he hasn’t yet considered, even though he has been prepared for everything up until that point. Just admitting that you have blind spots will cause you to look for them and begin to see what you didn’t even know was there.
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