The Lock in Your Heart


Harry Houdini had a very special talent: he could open any complicated lock. He boasted that he could get himself out of any confinement within 60 minutes, and he never failed. That is, until, legend has it, a man in a small suburban city decided to challenge Houdini, wanting to embarrass him. A special-made box was built, with an extremely complicated lock and especially strong steel designed to trap Houdini. He took on this challenge, with everyone agreeing to the conditions he usually worked under: he could wear his own clothes, and no one could watch him.

Once he stepped in, the door was shut tight. Everyone’s back was turned toward the box. Thirty minutes later, a very focused Houdini was still trying to unlock the box. One hour later, he started to sweat. Two hours later, he still did not hear the little “tick” sound that opening a lock would produce. He was so exhausted that he leaned against the door and sat down. All of a sudden, the door opened.

The door was never locked. The incredibly intricate lock was really just a diversion.

The image is from Locked Up Tight.

You cannot unlock an unlocked door. Thus, there would have been no way for Houdini to hear the “tick” sound. But to Houdini, his heart was locked. His failure was a result of his concentration on the symbolic lock. His goal changed from surviving into just opening the lock. His goal in mind had been so set in stone; he completely ignored that it might not even have been locked. Houdini teaches us that oftentimes, we are so focused and set on our goals that we ignore the most basic approaches to accomplish them. Instead, we tend to overcomplicate things when they are really quite simple.

哈利.胡迪尼被稱為史上最偉大魔術師、逃脫術師及特技表現者。他最令人津津樂道的表演,就是他能在很短的時間內,打開非常複雜的鎖,而且從來沒有失過手。

他為自己訂下一個目標︰六十分鐘之內,一定要從任何鎖中掙脫出來。不過,條件是必須讓他穿著特製的衣服,而且絕不能有任何人在旁邊觀看。

有一個英國小鎮的居民,決定向胡迪尼挑戰。他們製造了一個特別堅固的鐵牢,還配置了一把非常複雜的鎖,然後請胡迪尼來接受考驗,看看他能不能順利地從這個鐵牢中脫身。

胡迪尼接受了這個挑戰,穿上特製的衣服走進鐵牢。所有的居民都遵守規定,不去看他如何開鎖。

倒數計時開始,胡迪尼立即從衣服裡拿出工具開鎖,但是,時間一分一秒地過去了,他卻始終打不開鐵牢。

一小時過去了,胡迪尼還是聽不到期待中鎖片彈開的聲音,他精疲力盡,靠著門坐下來,就在此時,牢門竟然順勢而開。

原來,牢門根本就沒有上鎖!而這個「逃生專家」,竟然被一把根本沒有鎖上的鎖難倒了!

其實,人生中許多障礙和限制,都是我們自己造成的。本來很簡單的一件事,就因為我們先在心中設置了障礙,才會複雜起來,並限制了發展。』

Note:

The post is translated from Chinese article-

http://mind-libur.blogspot.com/2012/06/blog-post_16.html

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