A friend of mine keeps his eyes looking down on the sidewalk when he’s out for a stroll or at the grocery store or just walking through a parking lot at work or at a shopping center. He once found a $20 bill lying on the ground and snatched it up. Ever since that lucky day, he keeps a look out for money that’s lying around and waiting to be picked-up. He’ll pick-up a lot of coins and occasionally a dollar or two (sometimes a $5) but even after all these years he’s never found another $20.
Keeping your head down and looking for easy money can be deceptive. It will reward you just enough to keep you looking down with the promise of getting something for nothing — but it can cost you everything.
Looking Up Is How You Find Opportunity
Looking up is where you find the silver lining in the clouds, where you can see the possibilities in thousands of stars in the nighttime sky, and look on the bright side of life when the sun is beaming down on you and bathing you in light.
Looking down is depressing. It’s dirty. Littered. Crowded. And a pain in the neck (you’ll need a few Advil if you’re always holding your neck at that weird angle).
When you look up you can see what’s coming.
You can see the next big thing ahead rather than what was leftover and landed on the ground.
Looking down makes you a scavenger.
Looking up makes you a hunter.