You were building your house the whole time
In Joshua Medcalf’s book “Chop Wood. Carry Water: How to fall in love with the process of becoming great,” he tells the story of an architect named Kota who built some of the finest homes in all the land. He poured his heart and soul into every home that he built. He was meticulous in his craft, obsessed over the details, and only used the finest materials.
But after 30 years of devotion, he went to his boss and told him that he was retiring so that he could travel and spend more time with his family. Though disappointed, his boss agreed, but asked if he could build just one more house. This house was for a special person, he said, and Kota was the only man for the job.
Reluctantly Kota agreed, but this time it was different. Instead of obsessing over the details, Kota delegated most of the work, paid little attention to the details, and used sub-par materials. Because he viewed this task as more of an obligation than an opportunity, the house didn’t have that wow factor that all of his previous other houses had.
When the house was complete, Kota went in to bid farewell to his boss and as he turned to leave, his boss said, “Kota I just need one more thing.”
Kota was just about to snap, when his boss handed him a small box with a ribbon tied around it. Upon opening the box, Kota found a key inside. “The house is yours, you deserve it,” said the owner of the company.
Kota had been building his house the whole time.
Had he known, he would have given it his all, poured over the details, and only used the finest materials, but it was too late.
Every day you are in the process of building your own house.
It may feel like you’re doing it for someone else.
It may look like that you’re just trying to work and pay the bills. From the outside looking in, you’d be right…
But your house you’re building is from the inside-out.
I don’t want you to reach a point only to realize that you’d been building your house the whole time.
See, it’s not the house, it’s what the house becomes in the process.
Because you pay attention to the details of your life & fight for the design that you envisioned in lieu of accepting it is what it is…
Because you don’t delegate your dreams away- hoping to be discovered, instead, you’re in the process of discovering more about yourself every day…
This is your house. You refuse to use the cheap materials of toxic people, negativity, alcohol & fast-food to build it because you know a poorly built house is no match to withstand the hurricane-force storms that may come your way.
You don’t get in Life what you deserve, you get in Life what you negotiate. Life will stand before you & say, “Here, you deserve this.” What you deserve is dependent on how well you negotiated through all of the times that you were wronged, cheated, stabbed, lied to, run over, laughed at, pointed out, & spoken down to.
So when you’re having one of those days, just remember these 3 words:
“Had I known…”
That even on your worst days, where you’re being pushed under in the worst ways…
You’re building your house the whole time.
What skills & mindset will you bring?
What materials will you use?
Or will you even show?
Only to reach a point in Life & realize it was all a test. It was all a process. And it was always about becoming.
“Had I known…”
Now you do.
Stay amazing. Stay in The Sales Life.
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