It takes tiny realizations to have a big revelation.

Jo Schilleci
3 min readMay 14, 2024

Growth comes in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes, it is sought; sometimes, it is forced.

Both are equally impactful. When seeking, you are super receptive because you are open-minded and eager. More is given in exchange when forced, typically leaving an enormous impression.

Yesterday, I listened to a story about silver. The story goes like this…

There was a group of women studying the book of Malachi in the Old Testament. They came upon the following: “He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the LORD will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness.”

They were puzzled about what that meant about God's character and nature. One of the women says she will learn about the process of refining silver and will report back at the next Bible study.

She calls the silversmith to make an appointment to watch him work. She watches him hold this silver over the fire and heat it up. He explains that when you refine silver, you must keep it in the hottest part of the fire, right in the middle because that is how you burn away the impurities.

The women thinks about God holding us in such a hot spot. She thinks about that verse, how he sits as the refiner and purifier of silver.

So she asks the silversmith, “Is it true you have to sit here the whole time while the silver is being purified?”

He explained, “Yes, not only do I have to hold it here in the hottest part, but I have to keep my eye on it here the whole time because if the silver is left in the flame for a moment too long, the silver will be damaged.”

The woman sat there for a minute, then asked, “How do you know when the silver is fully refined?”

The silversmith smiled and said, “That is easy when I see my image within it.”

My algorithm served me that story. That story left an impression on me.

Yesterday, I was introduced to the book The Strangest Secret. I couldn’t buy it and was a bit tired, so I searched for the phrase on YouTube. I stumbled upon an essay a man recorded on a record in 1956. Here is the link to the version I listened to.

You can read the background story of Earl Nightingale and The Strangest Secret here.

If you look at the post before this one, you will see I published all my notes post-listening.

What takeaway do I want to leave you with? I am currently pondering. I want to give you the gift I stumbled upon last night, and the only way I can do this is to share my notes with you or to ask you to please listen to his essay.

The watered-down version of what you will learn is:

  1. You must decide what you want enough to give it most of your attention until it has been achieved and to define it clearly.
  2. You must fully understand that we are capable of achieving this goal, or we wouldn’t want it in the first place.

Our ability to win or lose is dependent upon our ability to serve others. Success in serving others is the only way to achieve it. Our records in life will and must be directly proportional to our service.

If this recording makes a profound impact on you, please write me.

With love, Jo



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