Hello, my friends.
Today, I want to talk to you about some incredible wisdom I learned from an 8-year-old neighbor – a delightful young man in my neighborhood named Tony.
He comes over to throw the ball with our dog. He’s just a sweetheart of a kid and very bright. He was asking me how to get rid of moles in his family’s yard.
I know a little about it, but I’m no expert. All the things I know about getting rid of moles involve killing the moles. Well, Tony doesn’t want to kill the moles. He loves all animals and wants the moles to live a happy life…just not in his yard.
So each time I told him about things he could do to get rid of moles, he said, “Well, I don’t want to kill them.”
And I said “Well, you really have to kill them. You can’t do it without killing the mole.”
And he said, “Why not?”
I didn’t have a good answer.
My answer was, “Well, I don’t know. I don’t know of a way to get rid of the moles without killing them.”
He kept saying, “Why not?”
Then it dawned on me, when he said it about the fifth time, that his name (TONY) spelled backwards, is YNOT, which phonetically is “why not”.
Don’t ask me why I thought that, but he is just a manifestation of the human mind and what we can achieve when we’re not burdened with the restrictions that other people lay on us. There are people who say you can’t, or you shouldn’t, or that’s impossible.
I challenge all of you adults: the next time somebody tells you something can’t be done, think of my friend, Tony, the 8-year-old; and say to yourself or to the other person…”Why not?”
Ed DeCosta is one of the most engaging executive coaches and thought leaders of our time. He delivers results with companies of all sizes, from high tech start-ups to Fortune 500 corporations. Ed is an ICF certified professional coach. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from West Virginia University, a master’s degree in international management from the University of Texas, and an MBA from the University of Texas. Ed is also an adjunct faculty member in West Virginia University’s College of Business and Economics, teaching Professional Selling and entrepreneurship courses.