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Synchronicities from The Pursuit of Happyness

by Emmanuel Lopez – Motivatorman

A man is drowning. A boat comes up to him and the operator asks if he needs any help. The man says, "No, I'm waiting for God to save me.” Later, another boat comes up and offers assistance. Again, the man says, "No thanks, I'm waiting for God to save me". Finally, the man drowns and goes to Heaven. He asks God, “why didn't you save me.” God says, "I sent you two boats!"

The Pursuit of Happyness

In the movie, The Pursuit of Happyness, little Christopher tells his father a story that is a wonderful metaphor for recognizing synchronistic events that occur. His father, Chris Gardner, follows his gut instincts and passions to grab every opportunity that comes his way, and in so doing overcomes the challenges of poverty. Here are a few of it's synchronicities that eventually led to Gardner's real life success.

Synchronicity #1:

Gardner happened to be walking by a man parking a red Ferrari. He asked the well dressed driver what he did for a living to be able to afford the beautiful car. He said that he was a stock broker. That event helped Gardner visualize what he wanted from a profession and it became a passion that fuelled his drive.

Synchronicity #2:

Gardner accepted the opportunity to share a cab with a potential employer and made an impression on him with a hidden talent. The potential employer was not interested in Gardner's resume. But he was amazed by Gardner’s talent for solving a Rubik’s Cube puzzle that had been left in the cab. I love this scene because it reminds us that people are just people, even if they happen to be in high powered positions.

Synchronicity #3:

Gardner took a chance during his sales training and called a major company's CEO. Within seconds he had an appointment with him. Soon after, Gardner and his son were invited by the CEO to join him and his own son to watch a ballgame in a private box. Gardner did not end up getting the CEO’s business, but did meet his friends , made a genuine connections, exchanged cards and eventually got their business.

Chance encounters and opportunities happen all the time in real life. The key is to stay open to the possibilities, in whatever form they arrive. Be alert to the signs that come more than once to you. Just go with the flow for what synchronistic events offer and stay open to the people and the messages that come your way. They are like magic arrows pointing you towards all your goals.

Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman
Motivational Specialist For Individuals & Organizations © Emmanuel Lopez 2008