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The Dog Star: In Pursuit of the Real Thing

The Dog Star: In Pursuit of the Real Thing

(The Dog Star is a symbol of power, will, and steadfastness of purpose, and exemplifies the One who has succeeded in bridging the lower and higher consciousness. – Astrological Definition)

Buddy Beagle makes it a point to mooch biscuits from any UPS drivers who happen to be carrying them. So I was surprised to see him run past the latest guy down to the truck. (Buddy matches the color scheme quite well, by the way.) He was desperately trying to make the leap up the steps and I corralled him before Koufax got into the act and actually went into the vehicle.

Then I realized that Buddy knows the guy carries dog treats, he delivers boxes to us, and the house always has dog treats. Ergo, this must be the dog treat truck! Why not go after the mother lode?

I like his reasoning and managed to save him from the disappointment of what was inside once he sniffed around. But it’s a good lesson. And there may have been some dog treats in there, who knows?

Why play around with low level people when you know there’s a buyer who can make quick decisions and can be dealt with directly and on a more strategic basis?

Why would you go to someone at your own level for advice when you can access people who are already doing what you aspire to do? (Marshall Goldsmith: “If you want to be a thought leader, hang out with thought leaders.”)

Why would you argue with a hotel desk clerk when there are managers you can access in very a brief time?

Why would you buy a knock-off when, if you work hard and have the courage to treat yourself well, you can have the real thing?

Why do you charge so little, when you can probably charge much more but have never even tried to do so?

Why do you let others control your life when you can just start saying, “No”?

We know that the truck isn’t full of dog biscuits, but it often has some boxes of them, because that is how we order them. All you have to do is get in and start sniffing around.

© Alan Weiss 2011. All rights reserved.

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

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