The Tracks of Your Life

Chris Gardner, a real person whose life was the basis for the movie The Pursuit of Happyness, once saw a stockbroker getting out of his red Ferrari convertible and resolved to take the same job himself. He was accepted as an intern at a stockbrokerage firm, but became homeless along with his 5-year-old son shortly thereafter. He kept working while sleeping in train station washrooms or homeless shelters and was the only one of dozens of interns who was chosen to become an employee a few months later. The movie ends at this point, but in reality, Gardner succeeded as a stockbroker, founded a company under his own name, and even acquired a red Ferrari.

This super-rich man went from sleeping in train station washrooms to owning his own stock brokerage. Can we make the same kind of quantum leap he did?

We certainly can. Everyone is born with 2~4 life tracks. Interestingly, these tracks are not all on the same level. One of them is the best and one the worst. Which track we choose and what life we lead is up to us.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that choosing the best track will lead to a lottery win or that choosing the worst will lead to a life of homelessness or jail. The difference is in efficiency. A person can get what they want more quickly and easily with the same amount of effort on a better track. Living on the best track means greater honor and wealth along with good relationships, and with this, satisfaction and achievement can only increase.

In contrast, living on the worst track lowers efficiency. In such cases, people feel things aren’t going as well as they should considering the effort put in. They encounter bad relationships, emotional distress, or unfortunate events. Analysis of real-life cases reveals that approximately half of all the people around us are living on the worst track. Less than 10% of people live on the best track.

The good news is that you can always change tracks, no matter which path you’ve taken thus far. Gardner is a perfect example of this. He was walking on his worst track, but when he had the chance, he leaped onto his best track. He changed his life as completely as if he’d taken an elevator from the basement to the Sky Lounge.

If you’re not on your best track at this point, wait calmly for opportunity to strike. This means changing your heart and watching for the path of good fortune. When you’re sufficiently prepared, you’ll find a fork in your path and will be able to know and choose the better track.

There’s a faster, easier method. You can meet a gui-in (a person who brings good fortune; See Issue 3). Your gui-in will appear at a decisive moment to lend you a hand so you can move onto the right track. Thanks to Gardner’s chance meeting with a stockbroker, he recognized the best track for his life and was able to choose it.

Everyone is qualified to walk on their best track and fully enjoy the good fortune they are given. Remember that no one is born to be unlucky.

Suh Yoon's Quotes

“Everyone is born with 2~4 life tracks. One of them is the best and one the worst. Which track we choose and what life we lead is up to us.”

“The good news is that you can always change life tracks, no matter which path you’ve taken thus far. You can change your life as completely as if you’d taken an elevator from the basement to the Sky Lounge.”