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Unread 05-03-2008, 07:16 AM   #57
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A story that hopefully will inspire.

The following steps are the same ones that liberated Willis Carrier, the brilliant engineer who launched the air-conditioning industry. When Carrier was a young man, he was given a job he felt was impossible to do. He was so distraught he could not sleep. "My worry wasn't getting me anywhere, so I figured out a way to handle my problem without worrying." It has three steps.

1. Ask yourself what is the worst that can possibly happen.
2. Prepare yourself to accept it if you have to.
3. Then calmly proceed to improve on the worst.

Willis Carrier said that after discovering the worst that could happen (the company would lose money and he would be fired from his job) and reconciling himself to accepting it, an extremely important thing happened. He relaxed and felt a sense of peace that he had not experienced in days. From that time on, he calmly devoted his time and energy to trying to improve upon the worse 'what if'.

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