Are YOU Living The Shoemakers Curse?

Jun 19, 2023 | Monday Mindset

Monday Mindset


Morning Team!

I hope all of you dads out there had a great Father’s Day!

Are you familiar with the “Shoemakers Curse”?

It goes a like this…

There was a shoemaker in a little village who became very popular for the quality and craftsmanship of the shoes he would make. His shoes became so popular that the shoemaker could hardly meet the demand. For every pair he would complete, two more orders would come in. Day in and day out, the shoemaker would carefully and skillfully assemble shoes for his customers, never missing a detail or taking a shortcut.

One day a customer walks into the shoemaker’s shop to pick up her order. She rings the bell and hears the shoemaker call out from behind his workbench that he will be right with her. A minute later, here comes the barefoot shoemaker holding her brand-new shoes. As he sets the shoes on the counter, the customer asks the shoemaker why he doesn’t have a pair of shoes on.

The shoemaker glances down at his dirty feet, then looks back at the customer and says, “I’d love a pair, but there’s never enough time to make a pair for myself.”

The shoemaker’s curse is something that many people suffer from.

There are many of you out there who on a daily basis, give everything you’ve got to other people, whether that be to your family, your business, or your community.

And while being of such service to others is admirable, it’s also foolish.

Here’s why…

If you make it a habit to neglect your own needs and desires, you’re not going to be as healthy and able to give to others your fullest potential. You can only go so long neglecting to make yourself a priority before the consequences stack up to the degree that your mental and physical health has been compromised. Over time, your own cup becomes less and less full, which gives you less and less to give to others.

So if you’re one who constantly puts others before yourself, here is what I suggest you do… Reprioritize.

There is nothing selfish about making sure that you are taking care of your own mental and physical health. If you’re like the shoemaker, making everyone else beautiful shoes but doing it barefoot, I strongly encourage you to stop and make yourself a pair of shoes.

I know that for some of you, making time for yourself is a challenge. But it’s necessary.

You will be able to give more to those you love and to those counting on you if you take good care of yourself. What’s even more admirable than people who serve others are those who serve others while being at the top of their game themselves.

-Make sure to get quality sleep every night.
-Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
-Move your body and elevate your heart rate for a minimum of 30 min a day.
-Eat clean and avoid foods that are nutrient absent and full of artificial everything.
-Do something you truly enjoy at least once every week.

I promise you that if you make your mental and physical health a priority, everything else around you will improve.

Go forth and conquer,



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