Published by: Andrew Paul | Category: Blog
Do you Want to be The King or The Piss Boy?
In 1981 Mel Brooks wrote, produced, and directed History of the World, Part I, which in my opinion, was a hilarious and memorable movie. Brooks also stars in the film, playing five roles: Moses, Comicus the stand-up philosopher, Tomás de Torquemada, King Louis XVI, and Jacques, le garçon de pisse. In a very memorable scene, Brooks played both King Louis XVI and the Piss Boy.
My point, as you will see below, is that you have the power to control your own destiny. You can be the king or the piss boy. The decision is yours on how you deal with people, manage your life and business practices.
For those of you who have never seen the movie, I have included a small snippet below.
Do you want to be the best and become No. 1 at what you do? There is a way. It isn’t easy, but it’s simple.
1. Never graduate from grunt work. Be willing to roll up your sleeves and dig in with your employees to finish the big task or complete the necessary project.
2. Never rest on your laurels. Don’t live off of your previous successes. Show your commitment by doing work each and every day.
3. Never stop learning. This means having an attitude that drives the individual to find out the why and how of things, rather than just the what.
4. Outwork everyone around you. The only place you’ll find “success” before “work” is in the dictionary. It is such a treat these days to come across someone who really knows how to work.
5. Be opinionated, but teachable—and always improving. In order to be decisive, you’ve got to be able to form an opinion on an issue, and then be willing to stand up for it. Concurrently, you’ve got to be humble enough at any time, to change that opinion if the facts change or become clearer. It is this balance between self-confidence and humility that often distinguishes a successful person from a mediocre one.
6. Serve others. The great philosopher and physician Albert Schweitzer said, “The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.”
7. Be better at the end of the day than when it started. Take life one step at a time. The goal is to break down your life into daily improvements.
In the end though, the BIG question is, Do you Want to be The King or The Piss Boy?
The choice is yours to make.