Are You Gonna Complain, or Are You Gonna Fish?!

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Are You Gonna Complain, or Are You Gonna Fish?!

I want to tell you a story. A story about complaining. Whether you’re in network marketing, traditional business, multilevel marketing, direct sales, affiliate marketing, internet marketing. Whatever type of industry you’re a part of, this story can apply to you.

Are you gonna complain, or are you gonna fish?

Inevitably in life, you’re going to come across people who complain about literally everything. They complain about their lives, their jobs, their kids, their house, their cars, their government. You name it, they’re probably complaining about it. The funny thing about people who complain all the time is that they never want to do anything to change it.

That’s where our story comes in to play. I was at my local business presentation not too long ago and at the end of the meeting we had a top leader come to the front of the room. We had just heard all about our wonderful business opportunity and he was attempting to put a pretty little bow on the end of our meeting. A wrap-up if you will.

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He told a really good story about complaining that I want to share with you. This story can apply to many facets of your life so pay attention. It went a little something like this.

Two guys went out fishing one day. They got in their boat and paddled out to the middle of the lake. The first guy got out his pole and tackle box and put some bait on the end of his line and cast it out into the water. The second guy just short of sat there as if he was waiting for something.

The first guy didn’t think anything of it and looked out over the water, hoping his rod would flinch with the jerk of a fish. A few minutes go by and all of a sudden he hears a big BOOM! He turned around to see that water was flying up into the air. He glanced over at his friend who was holding a lighter and sitting next to a big box of dynamite.

Sure enough his friend had just lit and then thrown a stick of dynamite into the water. After a couple of seconds, fish started to float to the surface. The man who threw the dynamite piled all of the fish into the boat and then sat down with a smirk on his face.

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The first guy scolded his friend for fishing so inhumanely and told him not to do it again. He reeled his line in, rebaited it, and cast it back into the water. About 10 minutes later the second guy pulled out another stick of dynamite, lit it, and threw it off the other side of the boat.


Water everywhere and fish floating to the surface.

“I thought we talked about this! You can’t fish that way! That’s not how I was taught to fish! That’s illegal!” The first guy was hot!

This time over an hour went by before the second guy lit and threw another stick of dynamite into the water. This stick he threw out of the back of the boat.


Water flying, fish floating.

“That’s it! This is ridiculous! You don’t know how to fish! That’s cheating! That’s not how we do things!” The first guy didn’t want any part of his friend’s unorthodox way of fishing.

Mr. Dynamite was finally able to calm his friend down and convinced him to stay and fish a bit longer.

Just when the first guy thought that his friend was finally done throwing dynamite into the water, he heard the sound of another fuse being lit.

He turned to see his friend, once again, light another stick of dynamite. This time his friend didn’t throw it into the water but right into his lap!

The first guy screamed as he caught the stick of dynamite. “What are you doing?! Are you crazy?! You’re going to kill us both!”

His friend just looked over at him, smiled, and said, “Are you gonna complain, or are you gonna fish?”

The leader who was wrapping up our meeting then began to talk about how the guests in the room had just been thrown a stick of dynamite. A way to accomplish all of their dreams and financial goals. A vehicle that they can drive and a system that they can leverage to achieve their dreams.

Then he looked directly at the audience and said, “Are you gonna complain, or are you gonna fish?”

Boom! Pretty powerful right? Feel free to use that in your next business presentation or home meeting if you’d like. Remember, sharing is caring!

In the video below I go into a bit more detail about complaining and fishing. If you get some value out of it don’t forget to subscribe to my Youtube channel and share it with a friend!

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