“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
One of the great things in life is that we each have the ability to define our own success. Unfortunately far too many of us don’t understand this until late in life if at all. In fact I think too many of us spend more time trying to impose our accepted definition of success on others instead of redefining our own path to personal achievement. I especially get concerned when parents put pressure on college students to choice a course of study that they think will provide wealth while the young man or woman has yet to find out what career might provide them the greatest degree of satisfaction; something they don’t know when they first enter school.
I was fortunate that after years of letting others provide me apparent successes I realized that I had choices and so I elected to stop chasing title and wealth by refusing to move from Indianapolis. It got even better when I retired the first time when most thought I shouldn’t or couldn’t. It was early enough in life that I had lots of productive years left and while we had a large reduction in income we had enough. What was best of all was accepting a job that permitted me to work with folks whom were improving the health status of children all over the world.
These days it is a little different, I now get to do a wide variety of unpaid jobs on a part time basis with my reward my being able to participate in many successful endeavors. Probably I would not be viewed as a success by many folks, but you know what I don’t care for I get to define success on my terms just as you can. I hope you reward yourself by pursuing what it is that will allow you to be great at being you and not putting it off until it is too late.
Here is something I got from Ralph Marston some time ago that works for me, I hope it does for you as well.
You can envision and speculate, plan, theorize and guess about how things will turn out. The way to know for sure, though, is to step forward and make the effort. There are plenty of things that could go wrong, and challenges you probably never thought about. But don’t let the mere possibility of those problems prevent you from getting started.
When events fail to unfold as you anticipated, you can learn, evaluate, make adjustments and then keep on going. Keep in mind that each difficult challenge brings with it the opportunity to create even greater value by working through it.
All the things that are easy and without risk have already been done. If it is real accomplishment you seek, you must be willing to take on real challenge. Look ahead to the goal at the end of the path, and see it clearly. Then step confidently forward, ready to do whatever you must to reach that goal.
Real accomplishment is well within your reach. With real effort, real commitment and real persistence you’ll absolutely get yourself there.
“Where I was born and where and how I have lived is unimportant. It is what I have done with where I have been that should be of interest.”
A lawyer was trying to console a weeping widow. Her husband had passed away without a will. “Did the deceased have any last words?” asked the lawyer.
“You mean *right* before he died?” sobbed the widow.
“Yes,” replied the lawyer. “They might be helpful if it’s not too painful for you to recall.
“”Well,” she began, “he said ‘Don’t try to scare me! You couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn with that gun.'”
“Trust your husband, adore your husband, and get as much as you can in your own name.”
A Jewish couple won twenty-million dollars in the lottery. They immediately set out to begin a life of luxury. They bought a magnificent mansion estate in Southampton and surrounded themselves with all the material wealth imaginable. They then decided to have a butler and, wanting the best, they traveled to London to hire one. They found the perfect butler through an agency and brought him back to their estate. The day after his arrival, they instructed him to set up the dining room table for 4 people, that they were inviting the Cohens to brunch. The couple then left the house to do some shopping.
When they returned, they found the table set for 8 people. They asked the butler why eight, when they had specifically instructed him to set the table for four.
The butler replied….. “The Cohens telephoned and said they were bringing the Bagels and the Knishes.”
“Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday and avoiding today.”
He said: As a traffic safety consultant, I often gave talks on accident prevention. One night after I spoke to a PTA group, the program chairperson thanked me profusely and gave me a check for fifty dollars.
“Giving these presentations is part of my job,” I said. “Could I donate the money to one of your causes?”
“That would be wonderful!” she gushed. “We have just the program that could use it. We’re trying to raise money so we can afford better speakers.”
“Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”
Two Irishmen in a bar and one said to the other.
“Hey! Can you tell me what the date is please?”
“No idea.” says the other.
“But you’ve got a newspaper in your pocket,” he says.
“Sorry mate, it’s no use, it’s yesterday’s!”
“If All the World’s a Stage, I Want Better Lighting”
It was their fifth anniversary, and Nina and Lloyd had just returned from the movies. Nina was feeling romantic. “Will you love me when my hair has turned to silver?” she crooned.
“Why not?” Lloyd grunted. “Didn’t I love you through four other shades?”
Time is what keeps everything from happening at once.
A man entered a busy florist shop that displayed a large sign that read “Say It With Flowers.”
“Wrap up one rose,” he told the florist.
“Only one?” the florist asked.
“Just one,” the customer replied. “I’m a man of few words.”
“If you can’t do great things, Mother Teresa used to say, do little things with great love. If you can’t do them with great love, do them with a little love. If you can’t do them with a little love, do them anyway.
Love grows when people serve.”
John Ortberg Jr.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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