Wednesday, April 22, 2009
George Patton said "If a man does his best, what else is there?" I had to paraphrase it a little bit to make it fit on the huddle wall. I like using other people's quotations. Will Rogers said it was important to learn from the mistakes of others because you probably won';t live long enough to make them all yourself. It is the same with good thoughts and ideas. I probably won't live long enough to think of all of them myself. The important thing about citing other people's ideas is to give them credit for their ideas. the benefit of this is two fold. If someone in your audience knows the true source of "your" idea, he can embarrass you by pointing that out or a least you will be lowered in his estimation. The second benefit is that people give more credence to quoted material.
One of the self-help authors, I believe Wayne Dyer, quotes Kahlil Gibron that when the judgment day comes and you are called on to account for your life, you will be simply asked if you did all you could do with what you were given. In short, were you the best you you could have been?
Take stock of your life. Maybe you were not cut out to discover a cure for cancer, or to develop the next world-changing software program. Either Helen Keller or Anne Sullivan said that the important thing is to be the best of whatever it is you are even if it is only a char woman, then strive to be the best char woman there is.
Success in life is the progression, no matter how small, toward a worthwhile goal. Set your goals. If you are a biochemist then maybe a cure for cancer is on your horizon. If you are a baseball player, it may be a golden glove or an MVP award. Assess your tools and set your goals accordingly then go on to be the best that you can be.
If you do your best, what else is there?