Gratitude Tip 3: Avoid the Black Crabs

Avoid people who struggle with gratitude and positive thinkingIn the book Rich Dad, Poor Dad, Robert Kiyosaki writes about the Hawaiian Black Crabs. If you go down to the beach early in the morning you can easily find these black crabs.   However, these unique creatures have an atypical behavior: when they are thrown together in a bucket, they’ll stay there.  If one starts to climb out, the others will pull it back down with their claws.  And, there they will all remain.

Author and speaker Dan Miller of 48 Days LLC wrote about Kiyosaki’s story, “Unfortunately, that’s not an uncommon picture of the world in which we live and work.  Many of us live around a bunch of Black Crabs, ready to ridicule any new idea we have and just as eager to pull us back down to their level of performance.  Small thinkers find it much easier to tell you why something won’t work than to help you find a solution.  People who feel trapped and are struggling at a low level of success are seldom the ones who will cheer you on to a new endeavor.  Prejudice and bigotry are rooted in the same mentality – people who somehow feel better about their own miserable existence by pulling others down.”

Who are the Black Crabs in your life today?

In what way do these individuals negatively effect your ability to be grateful and maintain a positive outlook?

How can you limit your time spent with these individuals?


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