By: Stefan Aarnio

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Common sense is uncommon.


Perhaps it was once common, but then became endangered and is now nearly extinct.


If something is important, you need to have two copies of it.


Consider your body, you have two eyes, two ears, two lungs, two kidneys, two hands, two feet, and two testicles or ovaries. Your brain has two halves and your heart is divided into two sets of two.


Everything that is important to your life comes in twos!


Now consider your business or your life in general.


Two days ago I flew from Winnipeg to Chicago and I left in haste.


I have at least 2 sets of everything that is important, so packing isn’t an issue. I have 3 sets of toiletries, 2 iPhones, 9 suits, 3 computers, and so many pairs of underwear and socks that I can go for months without doing laundry.


Unfortunately, I only have 1 pair of chargers for my laptop and iPhones and I forgot them at home.


In Chicago I attended the Tony Robbins “Unleash the Power Within” seminar and the first day ran 12 hours long. After walking across hot coals with bare feet, I decided I would walk home to my hotel (it was a $4 cab ride away – just across the freeway).


Instead of waiting in a huge cab line, it was a nice night so walking seemed like a good idea… Plus both my phones were dead and my laptop (chargers were forgotten at home), so I didn’t bother calling a cab.


At 1:30 in the morning I began my walk down the freeway towards my hotel and suddenly I found myself walking through a highway construction site. It had rained earlier that day so the mud began to stick to my sandals.


I had to cross a ditch to get to the freeway and was suddenly knee deep in heavy clay. My sandals were buried and I had to leave them behind and walk to the hotel barefoot.


I had just walked over hot coals and was now walking on miles of gravel in my bare feet. It was dark and I couldn’t see what I was stepping on as I walked through the never ending construction site.


“My hotel is just on the other side of the freeway I told myself” and kept walking.


Some parts of the freeway were dangerous and had no room for me to walk so I had to jump over the concrete barrier when oncoming traffic was coming and then jump back onto the road when the coast was clear. Except for the oncoming headlights, there was no light because the entire section of highway was under construction.


To make matters worse, I couldn’t get off of the freeway because there was a very deep ditch on either side of the highway and fence that was 18 feet high keeping me on the road.


I walked 5 miles, barefoot over gravel and through perpetual construction until finally I gave up. I realized I had walked in the wrong direction, lost my sandals and was now covered in mud.


Both of my phones were dead and so was my laptop so I had no way of calling a cab to get me out of my mess.
I had to walk through an American wasteland, first a freeway that I could not get off of if I wanted to (protected by concrete walls and a very deep ditch), then a vacant industrial park and finally found a 24-hour diner at 4:00am that I could call a cab to take me back to my hotel.


I will admit, the walk was a little scary and I wanted to give up, especially walking 5 miles on gravel with bare feet (thank god I didn’t step on a nail or a piece of rebar.)


The moral of the story is this: If I had 3 sets of chargers like I should have, I would have had fully charged communications devices and I could have 1) Checked to see if my direction was the right direction with my iPhone GPS and 2) could have called a cab for a bailout earlier.


Maybe I could have avoided the mess all together.


Instead, the cost of not having extra sets of vital equipment cost me dearly in time, effort, energy and lost opportunity (I slept in and missed most of the 2nd day of the seminar).


Today I went to the apple store and bought 3 sets of chargers. One for home, one for my bag and one for my suitcase. I also bought an extra pair of sandals and ordered 2 more pairs on amazon.


I will not be running out of power or getting stranded barefoot in an American wasteland again.


God gave you two eyes, two ears, two hands and two feet.
You need to have at least two of everything that is important for you to function.


Unfortunately, you can’t have two girlfriends or two boyfriends (maybe they just aren’t as important as we think?)


Respect The Grind,

Stefan Aarnio


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