I’m Not Sure Is Not Good Enough or Pay Attention To Your Fortune Cookie Fortune

I don’t often advise my coaching clients to follow the advice of their Chinese fortune cookie fortunes. However, from time to time, there are some shining examples of fortunes that are right on.

Recently, I was doing a laser coaching sessions with one of the participants in the Enlightened Entrepreneurs Intensive. His passion is to compose and perform music full time and have that be his primary source of income. He has the talent to do so, however his doubts and resistance continue to get in his way. (Sound familiar?)

In the laser session he wanted feedback on a decision involving his current day job. An opportunity has come up that would allow him to be laid off and collect unemployment for six months or more. His income would decline slightly but still be enough to get by on. And, it would free him up full time to focus on his music.

As he explained the opportunity to me I could tell that there was something missing, something holding him back. So we explored it. After a short discussion, I asked him, point blank, “If you go on unemployment are you ready and willing to commit yourself to doing whatever it takes to grow the business side of your music during  the next six-months?”

He took a long time to respond, which gave me the answer – and when he did respond, he said, “I’m not sure.”

Well, in this case, I’m not sure isn’t good enough. Where do you think I’m not sure would leave him in six months?

More than likely, “I’m not sure” would leave him exactly where he is right now.

But then the he chimed in with another opportunity that he had been holding up his sleeve. “Well,” he said, “There’s another position that they’ve offered me. It would allow me to go down to four days a week. It would be much less stressful and pay about the same as wheat I’m making now. I’d be taking home about $300 less each month. What do you think about that?”

“It doesn’t really matter what I think about it.” I replied. “What matters is how you feel about it. So?”

“It feels better.” He said. “My body relaxes a LOT when I think about taking that route. It feels like a good transitional decision until I can get to that place you’ve been talking about it class. The place where I cannot NOT do my music business.”

So he left the session with a promise to think about it, meditate on it, and most important feel it out.

Literally 5-minutes later I got an email from him that said:


While I was doing my laser session with you, I was eating some
chinese food.  After I got off the phone, I opened the fortune
cookie.  Attached is a copy of the fortune.  You may need to magnify
to read, but I think the message is pretty clear!  F**kin” trippy if
you ask me.  I usually don’t pay much attention to these… I’ll
still ask some internal questions….


The fortune says “You will obtain your goal if you maintain your course.”

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      4 Responses to “I’m Not Sure Is Not Good Enough or Pay Attention To Your Fortune Cookie Fortune”

      1. Pamm on June 11th, 2007 6:31 pm

        I love it when stuff like this happens! The universe sure is wonderful, yes? Usually I love it when the songs play..and all of a sudden I’m pondering something, not paying attention, then the song’s word hit home and fwoosh…it’s grand.

      2. Edward Mills on June 11th, 2007 7:36 pm

        The Universe is indeed wonderful! I’m a song person too. But I work the other way. When something happens in my life, I seem to always have a line from a song pop into my head. Which is all well and good until I start singing the entire song, at which point my wife gets a bit irritated !

      3. Kara-Leah Masina on June 16th, 2007 7:19 pm

        I guess that quite clearly illustrates how paying attention to our lives provides all the answers we need…

        I was so sure as I was reading the story that it was going to be about how he committed to his talent and took the six months off…

        Shows how sometimes the right course of action is not always the obvious one.

      4. Edward Mills on June 18th, 2007 7:07 pm

        Kara-Leah: Well, there’s a postscript to this story. A week or so later he heard from his boss that the position he had been offered was no longer available. So now he’s out on unemployment. It seems that your intuition was right on track!

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