Today's blog is a story that I love. I've heard it from numerous people, but the one that tells it the best, is my favorite story-teller, Zig Ziglar. Zig Ziglar tells the story of Emmanuel Ninger.
In 1887, Ninger walked into the local grocery store to buy turnip greens. He gave the clerk a twenty-dollar bill, but as she put the money in the cash drawer, she noticed ink from the bill had stained her hands, which were damp from handling the turnip greens. The clerk has known Mr. Ninger for years. He can’t be a counterfeiter! But, finally, she goes to report the incident to the police, who confirm that the twenty-dollar bill is a counterfeit.
With a search warrant in hand, the police search Mr. Ninger’s home. In the attic they find the room where he is counterfeiting money. Emmanuel Ninger is a master artist and he was reproducing money with paint and brush.
The police also found three portraits that Ninger had painted and confiscated them. These later sold at auction for $16,000 (in 1887 currency).
The irony is that Ninger spent as much time counterfeiting a twenty-dollar bill as it took to paint a portrait that would sell for over $5000. Emmanuel Ninger was a thief, but the person he stole from was himself! Your task today is to think about where you invest your time. Are you painting $20 bills? Or are you working on $5,000 portraits?
If you need help identifying where you should be spending your time, and allocating your talents, give us a call at Kole Performance Group