A Great Day for Sailing


You have everything you need to do amazing things. I often have trouble with this concept myself.

I occasionally fall into the “if only” trap, as in, “if only I didn’t have to work, I would be able to write the book that would change the world!” But I know there are hours in my day that I could devote to writing, or anything more productive than finding what’s new on Netflix or whatever. In Scotland, a single mother, recently divorced, subsisting on public assistance, deep in depression, wrote a book as she sat in cafes when she could get her daughter to nap. A dozen publishers rejected the book, but eventually, one saw value in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and made J.K. Rowling a household name.

I bring this up because this is one of the essential points made by Stephen Harvill during his interview with Publisher Paul Feldman in this month’s InsuranceNewsNet Magazine.

Here is how he explains his “same wind blows for everyone” idea:

“A good example would be in tennis, where 35 of the past Grand Slam tournaments have been won by four people. All professional tennis players hit the ball hard. They all have all the strokes. They can all serve at 120-plus miles an hour. But there are four guys who win everything. Every single time.

“There are no secret training techniques. Everybody knows what to do in order to train. Everybody knows what to do for nutrition. Everybody knows what to do for cardiovascular. It’s the same wind that is blowing.

“Sometimes people can set their sails better than anyone else. The challenge is to separate and differentiate yourself in that storm, in that wind. And most people don’t spend that much time on that.”

I will add something else to that. For many people, every day is a storm. They get home like they just sailed through a hurricane, relieved to reach safe land. Many of us have significant difficulty in our lives to the point that no one would disagree that we are fighting through our days. But, often it’s our perspective. It’s like when you’re a child and a snowstorm means sledding and funning. But for adults, it means shoveling and fishtailing. It’s still snow.

We do all have the tools we need if we would just reach for them. But that is not enough. It helps to have the joy in using them. The same wind blows for everyone, but isn’t it a privilege to sail?





Steven A. Morelli is editor-in-chief for InsuranceNewsNet. He has more than 25 years of experience as a reporter and editor for newspapers, magazines and insurance periodicals. Connect with Steve →

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