INSPIRING PEOPLE TO LEAD UNCOMMON LIVES
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“Possessions, outward success, publicity, luxury – to me these have always been contemptible. I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind”
How can you simplify your life to make it more fulfilling?
“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”
“The two most important days of our life are the day we are born and the day we figure out why.”
Do you know why you were put on this earth at this time?
Alexander the Great
As Alexander the Great lay dying, he summoned his counselors and asked them to carry out his final three wishes.
His first wish was that only his physicians carry his coffin to the grave. His second wish was that when his coffin was on the way to his burial plot, that the path leading to the cemetery be strewn with gold, silver and precious stones. His final wish was that both of his hands be left hanging out of his coffin.
When one of his advisors asked why Alexander had made such strange wishes, he responded, “I would like the world to know what I have learned. I want my physicians to carry my coffin to show people that no doctor can really cure anybody. They are powerless to save a person from the clenches of death. People should not take life for granted and should be responsible for their own health.”
In regard to his second wish, he said, “I want people to understand that not an ounce of my gold will be coming with me to the next life. I spent my entire existence centered on greed and power but can take none of my wealth with me. Let people realize it is sheer folly to chase fortune.”
In terms of his hands hanging out of his coffin, he replied, “I want people to see my hands and understand I came into this world empty handed and I now leave it the same manner.”
“A grateful heart is a beginning of greatness. It is an expression of humility. It is a foundation for the development of such virtues as prayer, faith, courage, contentment, happiness, love, and well-being.”
James E. Faust
Do you give thanks for all you have every day?
“It is less important to redistribute wealth than it is to redistribute opportunity.”
Arthur H. Vandenberg
What opportunities have you been given that you have not taken advantage of?
“The right of leading is no longer an advantage transmitted by nature; like an inheritance, it is the fruit of labors, the price of courage.”
Are your labors and courage putting you in a leadership position?
“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.”
What things, big or little, will you do today to find your purpose?
“Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who will argue with you.”
Who do you choose to surround yourself with?
“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
What are you truly thankful for?
The next time you are down or unhappy with your circumstances in life or business, listen to the story of Zerbin Singleton. Zerbin was born in Alaska to a drug addicted mother. He was in and out of shelters as a little boy. He watched his mother's boyfriends abuse and batter her. When she went to jail, when Zerbin was ten years old, he went to live with his aunt and uncle in Georgia. He developed a relationship with his father at age fifteen, but a few years later his father committed suicide. He wanted to be an astronaut and was accepted at the United State Naval Academy. Unfortunately, he was hit by a drunk driver after graduating from high school and broke his collar bone. He was disqualified from entering the Naval Academy and had to wait a year before being admitted. He eventually made the Naval Academy football team, rose to the level of Brigade Commander (meaning he was responsible for all 4000 midshipmen at the Naval Academy) and graduated as valedictorian of his class with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. When asked how he became so successful, Zerbin commented that anyone can go far in life, regardless of their background or circumstances. F.A.R. is an acronym that stands for: Faith - you must believe in a higher power. Attitude - you must retain a positive attitude and believe you will achieve your goals. Reach - you must constantly reach for your dreams and keep moving forward. Watch these two videos to learn about an extraordinary young man named Zerbin Singleton.
“The truth will always be truth, regardless of lack of understanding, disbelief or ignorance.”
W. Clement Stone
Can you understand the truth of others?
I have reinvented myself numerous times over my professional career.