Recently I like millions of other people watched Nick Wallenda cross Niagara Falls on a tight rope. My first impression was he’s out of his mind and I walked away. I did however find myself coming back and watching to see if he was going to make it and
cheering him on. I was amazed the only complaint he had was that they made him wear
a safety harness. It seemed he wanted no part of anything or anyone that even slightly implied he wasn’t going to make it. You couldn’t help but realize that this man had everything necessary to be one of the greatest entrepreneurs of this century. He saw an opportunity and made a commitment to take advantage of it. He set the completion as his goal with a specified deadline date . He surrounded himself with a group of positive like thinkers that supported him. He ignored scores of people who advised him it couldn’t be done and that others had tried like ventures and failed. He devised a plan for his goal completion and then set forth to put all the necessary steps into motion. He had enough faith in himself to ignore tremendous odds that he would fail. But even with all that fortitude, commitment, skill and knowledge he realized he needed one more thing a pole. The pole served to provide balance. Balance that could not be achieved without it. We all need a pole to help balance our lives. Without balance we will sooner or later lean too far to one side or the other and we will fall from our tight rope. We need to find the balance between work, God, family and relaxation. Without that balance we will fall and crash on the rocks below as many before us have. The rocks at the bottom of the falls of great ideas are scattered with the bones of tight rope walkers that lost their balance. Set your goals and dreams and walk that rope great things wait on the other side but don’t forget your pole.