Last weekend a Sunday school teacher began asking her class questions:
“If I sold my house and my car, had a big garage sale and gave all my money to the church, would that get me into Heaven?” she asked the children.
“NO!” the children all answered.
“If I cleaned the church every day, mowed the yard, and kept everything neat and tidy, would that get me into Heaven?”
Again, the answer was, “NO!”
Well, then, if I was kind to animals and gave candy to all the children, and loved my spouse, would that get me into Heaven?”
She asked them again.
Again, they all answered, “NO!”
“Well,” She continued, “then how can I get into Heaven?” she asked.
A five-year-old boy shouted out, “YOU GOTTA BE DEAD!!!”
Pretty obvious right?
Well, as you just saw a lot of times the obvious escapes the best of us.
We tend to complicate winning whether it’s in the locker room or the board room.
As a result, we often miss out on hidden opportunities because they’re “hidden out in the open”. In other words, we are overlooking the obvious. And the obvious is your secret weapon
How to do prevent yourself from overlooking the obvious? Pick up a copy of the book Obvious Adams which is referred to by many as “the best business book you never heard of”.
It’s a story about gaining a competitive advantage over superior competition. This story is over a hundred years old, yet its message is just as relevant today as it was in 1916.
Perhaps even more so.
Because never in the history of our society have we had greater access to information yet at the same time we’ve never been more deficient in common sense.
Obvious Adams itself is just 40 pages long and I’ve added a foreword and afterward which serve as an action plan on how to identify and utilize the obvious in your work.
Need an advantage over your competition? Here it is: