|Sunday, November 23, 2003|
LESSONS FROM LIFE
Simon Smith made it big in the department store business, with facilities in several states. At the grand opening of a new mall that included one of his stores, a reporter asked for an interview. "What do you believe is the most important personal characteristic that has led to your success," the journalist asked.
"Itís will power. Thatís the main reason for my achievement," answered Smith. "Could you explain that for me?" the reporter asked.
"Sure," the executive smiled. "My father died and in his will he left the entire department store to me!"
Well, thatís not the kind of will power used by most people to make it to the summit. Iím not knocking wealth, but the real satisfaction comes from what we create ourselves, not something handed to us on a polished silver tray.
Business leader B. C. Forbes, observed, "Our future and our fate lie in our wills more than in our hands, for our hands are but the instruments of our wills."
Regardless of the magnitude of the task, tackle it with all of your heart, soul and mind.
(Contributed by Neil Eskelin, Daily Jump Start)
Secret of Success
"Sir, What is the secret of your success?" a reporter asked a bank president.
"Two words" "And, Sir,what are they?" "Right decisions."
"And how do you make right decisions?"
"And,sir,What is that?" "Experience."
"And how do you get Experience ?"
"And, Sir,what are they?" "Wrong decisions"
(Author Unknown, Source Unknown)
Sitting on Your Talent
There was a man played piano in a bar. He was a good piano player. People came out just to hear him play. But one night, a patron told him he didnít want to hear him just play anymore. He wanted him to sing a song.
The man said, "I donít sing."
But the customer was persistent. He told the bartender, "Iím tired of listening to the piano. I want that guy to sing!"
The bartender shouted across the room, "Hey buddy! If you want to get paid, sing a song. The patrons are asking you to sing!"
So he did. He sang a song. A piano player who had never sung in public did so for the very first time. And nobody had ever heard the song Mona, Mona Lisa sung the way it was sung that night by Nat King Cole!
He had talent he was sitting on! He may have lived the rest of his life as a no-name piano player in a no-name bar, but because he had to sing, he went on to become one of the best-known entertainers in America.
You, too, have skills and abilities. You may not feel as if your "talent" is particularly great, but it may be better than you think! And with persistence, most skills can be improved. Besides, you may as well have no ability at all if you sit on whatever talent you possess! The better question is not "What ability do I have that is useful?" It is rather "How will I use whatever ability I have?"
(Contributed by Steve Goodier, Source Unknown)
(Culled from the Net)