January 23


How many people does it take to change a light bulb?

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Realistically speaking, we all know that it only takes one person to change a light bulb.

It stands to reason that anyone can change a light bulb, but what kind of light bulb can determine if it will be really simple or very complicated? Is it in the living room, and is it a simple screw-in 50-watt bulb?

Maybe it’s a Christmas tree light bulb that is one of a kind, and no replacement is available? Or is it a light bulb hundreds of feet up in the air that lights up a football field? Just like in life, there is more to what we see superficially.

We make decisions based on what our parents, friends taught us, and other institutions. We grew up experiencing life and discovered what works and doesn’t work on our own.

The one thing that we don’t realize is that there is more than one way to do something. I call it “thinking” outside the box (another cliché).

I was in the Navy for 20 years, and much of what I learned there was vitally important to my job. Although being a pilot, there had to be specific disciplines and procedures to be followed.

How Discipline Taught Me to Change a Light Bulb

There were times when there was no procedure or protocol for something. The same can hold true for changing a light bulb. Depending on what kind of light bulb we are talking about, each can be a simple directive to a complicated set of procedures.

This same concept holds true in our daily lives. We have specific tasks and procedures that we do routinely, and they become habits. These habits become so ingrained in our lives that we don’t really think about what we are doing until something changes.

How we respond to this change can be trivial or life and death. Have you been taught, or can I say challenged, in your current thinking to adapt to change?

Every day, you make thousands of choices, and each one can have multiple consequences.

What is going to be the best choice?

Would it be okay to change your listening and learning habits from the traditional “one of a kind” thinking and begin to learn to think outside the box?

Today, the complexity of multiple situations requires new concerns, including everything from changing a light bulb to piloting a Boeing 747.

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Working with the Master Key Experience system has shed new light on the meaning of thinking outside the box. It is more than changing the light bulb from a mere 20-watt to a 100-watt bulb.

You suddenly have choices. Is it necessary to use a 100-watt bulb, or will a 60-watt suffice? Should you use a LED bulb or a high-intensity spotlight?

Every situation can become an opportunity to rediscover what you’re doing and why you are doing it.

Read more articles by Wes Bartell

About the author

Wes Bartell has enjoyed life as a Naval Aviator, a career as a Software Engineer, and retired to become an entrepreneur. As an entrepreneur, it soon became complicated as to what his new role in life would be. Wes enrolled in the MKE course in 2019, and learned how to redefine his life and goals. Wes resides in Coarsegold, California, and is an avid Affiliate Marketing representative who enjoys helping other people be entrepreneurs. Wes became a Certified Guide for the MKE so that he can “pay it forward,” helping others to manifest their health and wealth.

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