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Oz: Hi, my name is Oz Jaxxon. I’m a member of the board of directors at Wizard Academy in Austin, Texas, where this is being filmed, and today I’m sharing with you a thought about success occurring because you spit to succeed.
You’ve seen the baby chairs, haven’t you? Where the arms lift up and they come down and then there’s a tray that goes from one to the other and it pivots and comes back down. Watching young mother and her baby boy as they are waiting for the husband to show up, and she’s telling the little baby, up, down, up, down. And I’m watching this from an angle and she’s just showing him something and the little boy’s kind of watching really close. He’s about a year, year and a half, and she goes up, down, and then she says, “Open, close.” And he giggled like he had just won the lotto. He was just as happy as he could be, and I thought to myself, “That kid’s got it.” That little boy, at 14 months, 16 months, 18 months, understood the principle that you can relate one thing to another. And for the rest of his life, he mom will always be able to show him one thing, and he’ll grasp what she means by the other thing. It’s an associative recall. It’ll be with him for the rest of his life.
Sometimes we find associative recalls throughout life, and associative recall is not quite what it should have been. Take success. We think of success, we think of failure. We think of failure as being a bad thing because we’ve known of people who’ve had failures. It’s been painful, and we don’t want pain, so if nothing else we want to stay neutral or move toward pleasure, success. There are all kinds of things associated with the idea of success. But sometimes the associative recall displayed with success is not the one you should pay attention to. It might just be the opposite. That failure is actually a pleasurable thing, not painful.
Consider then the story that was told of a man that was found after an avalanche. Dug 30 feet in the wrong direction. If any of his family are watching this, my sincerest apologies, and my sympathy. But it came out that if he had known to spit, he would have been able to succeed. He would still be alive. You see when you’re in an avalanche the very first thing you need to do when you know that you’ve come to rest is clear all the snow. Get it away from your face, and then spit. If it doesn’t land in your hand here, then move your hand again. You spit again. Doesn’t land there, move your hand here. And you keep doing that until which time you find where the spit will land. However, if the very first time you spit it lands back in your face, wherever the spit lands, out is in the opposite direction.
How could that be? Well, think about the law of gravity, the underlying principle here. The law of gravity. Gravity pulls something down, so whichever way the spit goes, you want to go in the opposite direction. Spit to succeed.
Well, how does that look in everyday life? We’re talking about associative recalls, and you need to spit to succeed, and sometimes the associative recall is not quite the one that you should follow. There’s a sculptor. The last name is Carlyle. She created this statue of a man who has chisel and hammer and he’s removing himself. It looks like he’s making of himself. He’s the self-made man. Could be that he’s just chipping away all the BS that came along time that he found out wasn’t worth anything. And he took the hammer of truth and the chisel of vision for his life and away he went. Chiseling away what wasn’t really necessary. Associative recall. It’s really a statue not of self-made man, but what it looks like to spit to succeed.
A friend was going to another city and I had another friend there in that city that recently opened a restaurant. He had collected ideas over the years and said, “When I renovate, on my ten year anniversary I’m going to renovate. It’s just going to be a bang-up kind of a deal.” So what he did, spend a lot of money, made some changes. So I asked my friend, “Well while you’re there since you’ll get there before I will, why don’t you stop by, visit him, I’ll make the introduction, and look over the place.” And he did, sent me pictures, and we talked. I said, “He’s going to fail.” “Why’s that?”, I said, “Well basically, he didn’t spit to succeed.” My friend looked at me puzzled, pretty much like you are right now.
You see, the first thing he did was to be put in stone flooring. So he tore out the walls and he put the glass up in between wood pillars. So one whole wall is glass, wood, glass, wood. Changed out the railing and made it this very beautiful ornate cast iron, not the iron that’s twisted, but you’d have to see the pattern. And because it’s a two-story facility where there’s a mezzanine area, and then there’s the floor, he brought in an upholstery. And that upholstery is a solid material. It’s not leather. It’s not pleather. You would think it’s leather, but it’s a solid material. Beforehand he had a cloth type material as his upholstery. The end result is he has more reflection of sound and he’s out to attract a certain new clientele thinking that with the upgrade they will like it, and the old clientele will still like it because it’s what they’re accustomed to but an upgrade, seeing that he’s made the place better. The downside is because it’s more reflective and he’s changed the music style, it’s louder than it used to be.
In his rush to open again he did not take the time to do what he used to do. A new waiter would stay under wraps for three to six months before he would actually let that waiter come on the floor. You see, gratuities are mandatory 25%, the least expensive entrée is $75. The wine list is about yay thick, and the least expensive bottle is 110. So you have an idea of what we’re speaking of, the kind of environment that if you were going into that you don’t want to hear reggae, you don’t want any sound that’s competing with your conversation and that with your guest, or your spouse.
Yes, he didn’t spit to succeed. He didn’t do the opposite. He didn’t find out why, what happened when the person had glass in their restaurant. He didn’t find out what happened when they didn’t have the type of upholstery that he put in. He didn’t find out, he did not spit to succeed. Funny thing about life isn’t it? You hear great things, but when they sound great and it’s new to you and you’re not quite certain of the source, look for the underlying principle. You see, the un-airing principle is that gravity means it’s always going to fall this way. And sometimes the way out is up to succeed.
I’m OZ Jaxxon. Thank you.