The Hot Dog Vendor – a simple truth!

I never really thought about the UK recession in this way before, but have you ever considered that the current state of the economy is a bit of a chicken and egg scenario?

Don’t get me wrong, I know many people are suffering right now, but I was recently reminded of the story of the ‘Hot Dog’ vendor which I first heard many years ago…

John sold hot dogs. He had no television or radio. He had trouble with his eyes, so he didn’t bother with newspapers. But he sold good hot dogs. He put up a sign on the roadside, telling how good they were. He stood by the side of the road and cried, “buy a hot dog mister”. And the people bought. John increased his meat and bun orders, and he built a bigger stand to take care of his trade.

John got his son Jack home from university to help him. But then something happened. Jack said, “Dad, haven’t you been watching the TV, business is terrible, stores are closing, people are being made redundant and the global economy is in meltdown”.

Whereupon the Father thought, well my son has been to University; he watches the television, listens to the radio and reads the newspapers, so he ought to know. Maybe I should listen to him.

So John cut down his bun order, took down his advertising signs and no longer bothered to stand on the roadside to sell his hot dogs. Sales fell almost overnight.

After a month John said, “You were right son business really is terrible.”

And the moral of the story is really quite simple. Whatever you focus grows in your mind. You create your entire world based on the things you choose to think about and how you choose to think about them, whether positively or negatively.

It just so happens that successful people fill their minds with thoughts, words and images of success, productivity and achievements.

Henry Ford said, ‘Whether you think you can or you can’t you’ll be right’. How true in the case of the Hot Dog vendor…

The great success principle, the single idea that explains the difference between success and failure is often really that simple. You become what you think about most of the time, so make sure you focus on what you want and not on what you don’t want!

Enjoy the journey!


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