Some Wisdom From Joe…

Two nights ago, before going to bed, I was reading the James Bond book, Doctor No. I’ve been enjoying it. Ian Fleming’s books have a genuine sense of threat, realism and danger that make them more exciting than the films. However, the last thing I expected was that my nightly ‘relaxation read’ would morph into something more akin with my daytime inspirational reading.
About three quarters of the way through the story, James Bond has been captured by Doctor No on Crab Key Island (just off the coast of Jamaica). Not satisfied with executing him immediately (we all know that ones’ gonna come back to haunt him!), he decides to play games with Bond. First, he’ll engage in a bout of mental sparring as they share dinner and then, for his amusement, he’ll force Bond to run the gauntlet of death.
During the meal, as the conversation turns to Doctor No’s future plans, he offers the most profound piece of wisdom I’ve ever read outside of a personal development/philosophy book. He had this to say on the subject of desire and getting what you want in life,
“I can see you are also a man who knows what he wants. On this occasion your desires will be satisfied. Do you not find that it is generally so? When one wants a thing one gets it? That is my experience.”
“The small things” [Bond’s reply]
“If you fail at the large things it means you have not large ambitions. Concentration, focus – that is all. The aptitudes come, the tools forge themselves.
‘Give me a fulcrum and I will move the world’ – but only if the desire to move the world is there.”
Wow. I couldn’t believe it. From my 15 year experience of attempting to ‘get what I want’, I can say that Doctor No’s assessment is absolutely correct. Concentrations and focus, above strategy, tactics and knowledge, are the key. You need little else, and the qualities and skills that you do need, can be gained through these essential ingredients.
If you have a desire to achieve or experience something, and can focus on this end, to the exclusion of your fears, doubts and questions, then the tools needed for your goals realisation will be revealed to you along your journey.
I’m now starting to warm to Doctor No, despite him being a sadistic a##hole. Hopefully Bond can let him escape after putting a stop to his maniacal plan to rule the world!

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