June 20, 2017

Advice for Success

Success is something almost all of us say that we are striving for, however, most of us cannot define it. That has not stopped us from giving and seeking advice that will help us along our path to success.

Here are just seven of some compiled thoughts that I think have merit:

  • Regrets. “When you look back on your life, you will regret only what you didn’t do.” Traveling. Applying for positions that you really wanted. Going and asking that pretty girl to dance. Those are the things that will fill a life with regrets. You say the chances taken, even if they failed, fill the silver-haired with stories to tell of adventures of the world, of fortunes made and fortunes lost, of love, of pain and of loss.
  • Conflicts. There are several that deal with the common problem of constant outage at others. “Never argue with a stupid person, they’ll drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.” –Mark Twain. “Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.” “Never make someone a priority who only makes you an option.” “Try not to take anything personally. No one thinks about you as much as you do.” “You’d worry less about what people think about you if you knew how seldom they do.”–David Foster Wallace. “Remember, only enemies speak the truth. Friends and lovers lie endlessly, caught in the web of duty.” Stephen King
  • Ownership of your life and problems. What are YOU going to do about it? If you blame it on someone else, don’t expect it to get better. “Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”
  • Integrity. “Character is who you are when no one is looking.” “Strive to be the man you want your daughter to marry.”
  • Anger and Anxiety. “Worrying is the most common form of atheism.” Is it important enough to get mad over? My Dad used to say that we should use the Ten-Year Rule. If it won’t matter in ten years, don’t worry about it now. Worrying cannot add an inch to your height or a day to your life. Whenever something happens that makes you sad, ask yourself whether you’d still care about it when you’re ninety. “Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.”
  • Persistence. “Never give up…Never give up….Never, ever, give up”- Winston Churchill. Be persistent. When knowledge and ability aren’t enough, be persistent. Life is a marathon, not a sprint.
  • Kindness. As a Christian, I should treat all people as a child of God. I should not distinguish between the janitor at a bank and the CEO of that bank. However, as humans we all struggle. This bit of advice appeals to those who may feel the pull of greed and covetousness more than they would like to admit: “Treat everyone you meet as if you have secret information that they are about to become extremely rich”. – Jay McInerney. “If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” Sirius Black

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