February 14, 2020
Rest satisfied with doing well, and leave others to talk of you as they please.
Happy Valentine’s Day, I am going to be busy so here is what I published on this day twelve years ago.
Ray’s Daily first published onFebruary 14, 2008
I like many others sometimes wonder if what I am doing has value. At one time the question was centered on value in the eyes of others but I have mostly outgrown the need for approval from others, so now the question is centered on value in my own eyes. What brought the question to mind was an article I read recently written by Zig Ziglar. I am not a very religious person yet his message says it so well that I wanted to share the article with you.
People frequently ask me, “How can I know when I am doing better than good?” I thought about that question and came up with 15 ways to measure yourself. Take a look and see what you think:
- You are doing better than good when you clearly understand that failure is an event, not a person; that yesterday ended last night, and today is your brand new day.
- You are doing better than good when you have made friends with your past, are focused on the present, and optimistic about your future.
- You are doing better than good when you know that success (a win) doesn’t make you, and failure (a loss) doesn’t break you.
- You are doing better than good when you are filled with faith, hope and love; and live without anger, greed, guilt, envy or thoughts of revenge.
- You are doing better than good when you are mature enough to delay gratification and shift your focus from your rights to your responsibilities.
- You are doing better than good when you know that failure to stand for what is morally right is the prelude to being the victim of what is criminally wrong.
- You are doing better than good when you are secure in who you are, so you are at peace with God and in fellowship with man.
- You are doing better than good when you have made friends of your adversaries, and have gained the love and respect of those who know you best.
- You are doing better than good when you understand that others can give you pleasure, but genuine happiness comes when you do things for others.
- You are doing better than good when you are pleasant to the grouch, courteous to the rude, and generous to the needy.
- You are doing better than good when you love the unlovable, give hope to the hopeless, friendship to the friendless, and encouragement to the discouraged.
- You are doing better than good when you can look back in forgiveness, forward in hope, down in compassion, and up with gratitude.
- You are doing better than good when you know that “he who would be the greatest among you must become the servant of all.”
- You are doing better than good when you recognize, confess, develop and use your God-given physical, mental and spiritual abilities to the glory of God and for the benefit of mankind.
- You are doing better than good when you stand in front of the Creator of the universe and He says to you, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”
Think over each one of these 15 ideas and see how you can incorporate them into your life so that you truly are better than good!
All of us want to do well. But if we do not do good, too, then doing well will never be enough.
A magazine recently ran a “Dilbert Quotes” contest. They were looking for people to submit quotes from their real-life Dilbert-type managers. hese were voted the top ten quotes from the Dilberts we work for in orporate America, circa 2004:
“As of tomorrow, employees will only be able to access the building using individual security cards. Pictures will be taken next Wednesday, and employees will receive their cards in two weeks.” (This was the winning quote from Fred Dales, Microsoft Corp. in Redmond WA)
“What I need is an exact list of specific unknown problems we might encounter.” (Lykes Lines Shipping)
“E-mail is not to be used to pass on information or data. It should be used only for company business.” (Accounting manager, Electric Boat Company)
“This project is so important we can’t let things that are more important interfere with it.” (Advertising/Marketing manager, United Parcel Service)
“No one will believe you solved this problem in one day! We’ve been working on it for months. Now go act busy for a few weeks and I’ll let you know when it’s time to tell them.” (R&D supervisor, Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing/3M Corp.)
Quote from the Boss: “Teamwork is a lot of people doing what I say.” (Marketing executive, Citrix Corporation)
My sister passed away and her funeral was scheduled for Monday. When I told my Boss, he said she died on purpose so that I would have to miss work on the busiest day of the year. He then asked if we could change her burial to Friday. He said, “That would be better for me.” (Shipping executive, FTD Florists)
“We know that communication is a problem, but the company is not going to discuss it with the employees.” (Switching supervisor, AT&T Long Lines Division)
“Doing it right is no excuse for not meeting the schedule.” (Plant Manager, Delco Corporation)
He does the work of 3 men… Moe, Larry & Curly.
There is an old story about a mother who walks in on her six-year-old son and finds him sobbing.
“What’s the matter”? she asks.
“I’ve just figured out how to tie my shoes.”
“Well, honey, that’s wonderful. You’re growing up, but why are you crying”?
“Because,” he says. “Now I’ll have to do it every day for the rest of my life.”
“It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust.”
Dr. Samuel Johnson
A woman, searching for a job, inquired about the benefits. The Personnel Manager informed her they had group health and life insurance, but the costs were deducted from the employee’s pay.
She said, “My last employer had full health coverage, as well as five years salary for life insurance and a month’s sick leave AND they paid the full premiums.”
“I can’t help but asking madam why you would leave a job with such benefits,” the interviewer replied.
The woman shrugged her shoulders and said, “The company went bankrupt.”
She said she believe in clubs for men – only after kindness fails.
The Lamaze class was in full swing. The room was full of pregnant women and their partners. The instructor was teaching the women how to breathe properly and was telling the men how to give the necessary assurances to their partners at this stage of the pregnancy.
She said, “Ladies, remember that exercise is good for you. Walking is especially beneficial. It strengthens the pelvic muscles and will make delivery that much easier!”
She then looked at the men in the room. “And gentlemen, remember. You’re in this together. It wouldn’t hurt you to go walking with your partner.”
The room suddenly got very quiet as everyone absorbed this information. Then a man at the back of the room slowly raised his hand.
“Yes”? answered the instructor.
“I was just wondering, wouldn’t it be even more beneficial to her if she carried a golf bag while we walk”?
How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life, you will have been all of these.
George Washington Carver
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