Imagine your life is a party. And every day you start out with a chocolate cake. You love chocolate cake. Chocolate cake is delicious and it makes you feel good. As your day goes on, you will give away pieces of cake, or you will eat some yourself.
Every person you come across during your day – at work, at home, at the gym, at the supermarket – loves chocolate cake too. Some of them will try to take your chocolate cake. Maybe just a small slice. Or maybe the whole cake. If you’re willing to give your cake away without a fight, you could get to lunchtime and have no cake left. How will you get through the rest of your day? What about people you meet with in the afternoon or evening? What will they think when you have no cake for them?
Some people will give you cake. You should accept those slices, smile, and say thank you. Because you can never have enough cake.
Your goal is to identify who are the cake givers, who are the cake takers, and who is worth the bother. Giving away cake is fine if there is a purpose to it, but giving it away for nothing? What a waste. You’re not made of cake!
In case you haven’t worked it out: the cake is your energy, your enthusiasm, your happiness. Only you can decide who you give them away to. Don’t waste them.