Roy Campanella of the old Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team, and one of the finest to ever play the game, was left paralyzed by an automobile accident in 1958. As he lay recovering in the hospital a mother brought her young son to see him and ask if he would sign her son's baseball. Campanella, in the depths of depression declined, saying that his hand shook so bad the boy probably wouldn't be able to read it. The little boy said, "That's O.K., Mr. Campanella, I'm blind anyway." Roy Campanella saidâ€¦ that was the day he stopped feeling sorry for himself.
All we need do is look around and see those struck down by debilitating diseases, accidents, or our recovering warriors who never give up; who grow in spite of the hand dealt them.
A wise business leader once said that - he would rather be respected than liked. "To be respected is necessary," he said, "to be liked is a social pleasantry."
We are all in leadership positions in some capacity; it might be at work or as a chairperson, or as a parent. Those we seek cooperation from will fall into one of three categories: Alliesâ€¦Fence Sittersâ€¦ or Enemies.
Allies and enemies are easy to identify, but it's the Fence Sitters that prove challenging for they are mercurial or expedient. They are "fair weather friends" at best and will fall on the side of the fence they feel will best serve their own interests and needs.The idea is to develop Allies; know who the Fence Sitters are, and try to avoid, or at least, have dÃ©tente with your adversaries.
I was thinking, I could run an ad in any Newspaper in America offering the opportunity of sharing a lunch with either Bill Gates or Donald Trump, and I would be inundated with responses from people wanting to probe the mind of one of these two smart men. Yet, all the knowledge and wisdom in the universe can be found in the # 1 best selling book since it was first published and released inâ€¦1611Grove Patterson, Editor of the old Toledo Blade newspaper, once said, "I don't believe the creator of the Universe built a stairway to the stars leading noware." People go to and fro bustling about heaping up wealth, not knowing who will get it. We can buy the Owner's manual containing a wealth of knowledge at any book store for an investment of a few measly dollars.
Have you ever noticed how good things seem to happen to certain peopleâ€¦ and other people, good, hard working people, never seem to reach the top of their mountain.
No closer at sixty than they were in their thirties in achieving their purpose in lifeâ€¦ they seem destined to die terminally confused or - frustrated about life. Why? How does it happen? One reason is conformity. Doing what everyone else is doing! If you see the masses heading in a certain direction, you can almost rest assured that you should be heading the opposite direction, for the masses are almost always wrong.We tend to confuse success as significance. Success is determined by many as Status, Money, or Fame. Significance is determined by reaching your potential as a human being.