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Last week I started telling you the great story of Bunker Bean who, when he began to believe that he had been Napoleon Bonaparte in his previous life, made dramatic changes in his thinking. It is an example of how our brains can help us make drastic changes in our behavior and in our lives. Good ole former super loser Bunker Bean started making huge changes in his behavior and it brought him huge rewards.
To begin with he decided he should learn more about this great man that he had been. The very next day, after he had finished his duties where he was working as an assembly line worker, Bunker went directly to the local library and checked out a book on Napoleon Bonaparte. He took it home and stayed up late into the night reading it cover to cover.
The day after that he repeated the process and did the same the day after that and the day after that, until he had read every book in the library that told about Napoleon, the emperor of France. The next morning Bunker looked more closely than ever at his situation on the assembly line. “Why,” he asked himself, “am I, the former Napoleon, in such a lowly position? Why, when I was a general, I had thousands of people at my command–and now I’m the least of the workers here.” Bunker began to look around him to see what he could do to change his situation, to change his status, to rise above the other lowly workers at this plant.
The night before he had read about how Napoleon won all his battles in his tent, before ever taking the field. “By darn,” Bunker said to himself, “if that approach was good enough for me back then, it’s good enough for me now.” So during the long and tedious hours on the production line, and in his spare moments in the evening, he put his mind to work, planning his battles there in his “tent”. He soon had a game plan, an approach he was sure would work. He had an approach that would improve his situation at his job, which would cause his superiors to notice him. He saw several specific changes that could be made in the assembly line that would speed up the process and thereby increase production.
But thinking up the ideas wasn’t enough. Bunker remembered reading that with Napoleon, “to think was to act!” He went immediately to his supervisor and told him of his ideas and of the benefits they would bring.
The supervisor was skeptical. “It will never work,” he said.
“Just try them for a few days,” Bunker begged.
Finally the supervisor relented. Three weeks later the supervisor was given a raise and a promotion for his great cost-saving improvements. When he was asked to recommend his replacement, without hesitation he suggested Bunker Bean.
Bunker Bean had begun his climb up the corporate ladder. Within two years, to the absolute amazement of everyone, Bunker Bean was the president of the entire company–which was worth over $100 million.
Probably the man who was most stunned was Bunker’s old friend, the spiritualist medium. But Bunker wasn’t surprised at all. He knew that in a former life he had been Napoleon Bonaparte and therefore knew that he had the power buried within him to be and do whatever he wished.
Bottom line here is what we all can do in our own lives if we plant and keep the right thoughts in our brains and really believe in our dreams and goals. We truly are or can be what we think we are.
Previously on Mark O. Haroldsen's Blog