Houdini was a master magician as well as a fabulous locksmith. He boasted that he could escape from any jail cell in the world in less than an hour, provided he could go into the cell dressed in this street clothes. A small town in the British Isles built a new jail they were extremely proud of. They issued Houdini a challenge. “Come, give us a try,” they said. Houdini loved the publicity and the money, so he accepted. By the time he arrived, excitement was at a fever pitch. He rode triumphantly into town and walked into the cell. Confidence oozed from him as the door closed. Houdini took off his coat and went to work. Secreted in his belt was a flexible, tough and durable ten-inch piece of steel which he used to work on the lock. At the end of 30 minutes, his confident expression had disappeared. At the end of an hour, he was drenched in perspiration. After two hours, Houdini literally collapsed against the door – which opened. You see it had never been locked – except in his own mind – which meant it was firmly locked as if thousands of locksmiths had put their best locks on it. One little push and Houdini could have easily opened the door. Many a time a little extra push is all you need to open your opportunity door.
*From See you at the Top by Zig Ziglar, pg. 190