May 5, 2021
“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.”
Henry David Thoreau
I have learned that success for me was not title, income or special recognition. It was certainly a lot more than than my vocational duties. Most of the time it was just doing what I could, not only for myself but also for others. Years ago I when lectured on management I would tell my audience that I thought the sure secret of personal success was working to make the people around you successful and that would assure personal success. I honestly feel that taking a “what’s in it for me” attitude is no substitute for a “what is in it for others” attitude..
Success is is not limited to recognition or reward, it is knowing you did the right thing and that you did your best. In fact some of the best people I know are the unsung regular folks who go through life caring for others.
Success comes from making yourself necessary. It does not come from making a nuisance of yourself, nor from making people feel sorry for you, nor from taking advantage of others.
In whatever arena you seek success, you will attain it by making a useful and substantial contribution. What are you doing right now to make yourself necessary?
How much of yourself do you put into your work, into your life? True, lasting achievement requires effort on your part.
You may be able to lie, cheat or steal your way to a big bank account, but you cannot steal true success and fulfillment. It must be earned. It must come from you. It must come from making your own unique, positive contribution to the world.
You’re a special individual, and the best thing you can do with your uniqueness is to make it available to others. Make yourself necessary. Make a difference. Your own life is the most blessed when the most others are blessed by it.
Written by Ralph S. Marston, Jr
“Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.”
The following are actual excerpts from classified sections of city newspapers:
Illiterate? Write today for free help.
Auto Repair Service. Free pick-up and delivery. Try us once, you’ll never go anywhere else again.
Stock up and save. Limit: one.
Semi-Annual after-Christmas Sale.
3-year old teacher needed for pre-school. Experience preferred.
Mixing bowl set designed to please a cook with round bottom for efficient beating.
Girl wanted to assist magician in cutting-off- head illusion.
Blue Cross and salary.
Now is your chance to have your ears pierced and get an extra pair to take home, too.
We do not tear your clothing with machinery. We do it carefully by hand.
Great Dames for sale.
Tired of cleaning yourself. Let me do it.
Vacation Special: have your home exterminated.
For Rent: 6-room hated apartment.
Man, honest. Will take anything.
Used Cars: Why go elsewhere to be cheated. Come here first.
Christmas tag-sale. Handmade gifts for the hard-to-find person.
Wanted: Hair cutter. Excellent growth potential.
Wanted. Man to take care of cow that does not smoke or drink.
And now, the Superstore-unequaled in size, unmatched in variety, unrivaled inconvenience.
You must arrange in advance for pleasant memories.
A man wrote a letter to a small hotel in a Midwest town, which he planned to visit on his vacation.
He wrote, “I would very much like to bring my dog with me. He is well groomed and very well behaved. Would you be willing to permit me to keep him in my room with me at night?”
An immediate reply came from the hotel owner, who said, “I’ve been operating this hotel for many years. In all that time, I’ve never had a dog steal towels, bedclothes, silverware or pictures off the walls. I’ve never had to evict a dog in the middle of the night for being drunk and disorderly. And I’ve never had a dog run out on a hotel bill. Yes, indeed, your dog is welcome at my hotel, and if your dog will vouch for you, you’re welcome to stay here, too!”
There is a time when we must firmly choose the course which we will follow or the endless drift of events will make the decision for us.
Herbert V. Prochnow
Before attempting to remove stubborn stains from a garment always circle the stain in permanent pen so that when you remove the garment from the washing machine you can easily locate the area of the stain and check that it has gone.
High blood pressure sufferers. Simply cut yourself and bleed for a while, thus reducing the pressure in your veins.
Olympic athletes. Conceal the fact that you have taken performance enhancing drugs by simply running a little slower and letting someone else win.
Heavy smokers. Don’t throw away those filters from the end of your cigarettes. Save them up and within a few years you’ll have enough to insulate your loft.
X File fans. Create the effect of being abducted be aliens by drinking two bottles of vodka. You’ll invariably wake up in a strange place the following morning, having had your memory mysteriously ‘erased’.
A sheet of sandpaper makes a cheap and effective substitute for costly maps when visiting the Sahara desert.
Nissan Micra drivers. Attach a lighted sparkler to the roof of your car before starting a long journey. You drive the things like dodgem cars anyway, so it may as well look like one.
Tape a chocolate bar to the outside of your microwave. If the chocolate melts you will know that the microwaves are escaping and it is time to have he oven serviced.
A mouse trap, placed on top on of your alarm clock will prevent you from rolling over and going back to sleep.
Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.
At a Milwaukee post office, a woman complained to the clerk that a Pony Express rider could get a letter from Milwaukee to St. Louis in two days, and now it takes three. “I’d like to know why,” she scoffed.
The clerk thought a moment and then suggested, “The horses are a lot older now?”
“Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.”
Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.
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