My grandfather passed away in 2006. One of his favorite quotes to his grandchildren was “A man’s gotta have money in his wallet.” He’d then casually slip each of us a “mallard,” or a $100 bill, and send us on our way. In fact, my brothers and I each have the “Last Mallard” that he gave us six years ago. It was not long ago that one of my brother’s co-workers was sharing a story about every time he finds a dime, he considered it a gift from his aunt. So brother asked where his dimes were from our grandpa. That’s when the pennies started showing up in the oddest places and times that he’d never expect. We call them “Pennies from Heaven.”
Paying attention to the Pennies is not only our way to stay connected to our grandfather, but it’s also an excellent metaphor for the clues life leaves for us when we’re on our paths. Success leaves clues and it’s a matter of looking in the right place at the right time to know we’re on the right path. These clues come in all shapes, sizes, and forms. Between the feedback we get from others, our previous successes and failures, and the visions we have for ourselves, it’s important to recognize which aspects can help steer us in the right direction.
Sometimes it’s difficult to recognize these clues and often times they’re scarcest when we really need them. That’s why it crucial to have a success journal. Remember that little book we use to log our past successes, future goals, and dreams? This is the perfect time to reflect on how far we’ve come and use those lessons to refocus on the future. We’ve had successes before and we’ll have them again. Connect the dots that gave lead up to our past successes. Often times we’ll be amazed at how many things had to align at just the right time to make it happen. If we can begin to recognize this pattern, we can effectively see the clues that may be around us now.
I am currently on my own new path. I graduated from college, moved to a new city, and am trying to find my way to the success that I want in my life. While I’ve had some success in recognizing some amazing opportunities, it’s been a challenge to determine whether it’s a penny in my path or not. I’ve spent a lot of time doing the physical “leg work” to find them as well as talking to as many people in my family and inner circle for their feedback. I’ve received feedback on just about every opinion I could imagine and what I’ve determined is that only I can recognize the pennies and ultimately, pick them up.
Are you looking in the right place? What do you look for when on your path to success? Let me hear from you! Leave a comment below and follow me on Twitter @alexdbarba!