I get asked a lot: "How can I make more money?". "How can I get rich?". "How can I become the best at what I do?". How can I be… do… have… etc. etc. ???
If you've watched any of my videos, you know that in the Career & Money segment I focus a lot on the HOWs. How to find what you love, how to close sales and make money, etc.
Frankly, I love money! Success too.
Success and riches will reflect that everything I worked so hard for, is finally incontestably validated. More so, I would leave a legacy. There's absolutely nothing wrong with loving money… riches… fame… and all that! Money makes life easier and more enjoyable. It helps clothe and feed people around the world among many other things, so this blog is not about encouraging you to want 'less'.
The reality is though, that many of us focus so much on the material things that we want, when in fact, many times, it's the little things that can be the most impactful.
Charles Schulz, the creator of the "Peanuts" comic strip, presented a philosophy that I'd like to share with YOU. You do not have to actually answer the questions, just read them straight through and you'll get the point:
1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name the last five winners of Miss America.
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.
How did you do?
The point is, that most of us, don't remember the headliners of yesterday. And realistically? Those people are no second-rate achievers; they are the BEST in their fields. But the applause ultimately dies, the awards get tarnished, and the achievements (for the most part) will ultimately be forgotten.
All the accolades and certificates will be buried with their owners.
Now try this and see how you do:
1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.
Felt easier, right? Like you could actually name names.
The lesson I'd like for you take out of this is:
The people who make a difference in your life, are not always the ones with the most most money, the most impressive credentials or awards. They are the ones who care. The ones that helped. The ones that made a tangible difference. And THAT is a person's true legacy.
Should we focus on riches and success? Absolutely! But we can NEVER lose sight of the most important thing we need to acquire, keep and nurture. And that's human decency. Kindness. Acceptance of one another, and landing a helping hand any chance we get.
"Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia." (Charles Schulz) Focus on wanting, working AND making a human difference.
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