Sunday, July 22, 2007
Are You Prepared For Success? (Section II - Installment #13 "Persistence” - Male and Female versions)
(If this is your first time on this site, please begin with "Are You Prepared For Success?" [Introduction])PERSISTENCE
There is nothing to take it's place.
Not even with talent, can you make a case.
In this world, it's a common sight,
To have all the talent without the fight.
The brains of a genius, is that what it takes?
It would be nice, little chance for mistakes.
but look about, and you will see
"Un-rewarded genius", a proverb, be.
Education, is that the way?
It is important, better start today.
But be forewarned, you'll see all around,
Educated derelicts, a penny a pound.
The most important ingredient in winning, you'll see,
Is that of persistence, that's the key.
Don't ever give up, if you wish to rise.
Persistence, more than anything, will win you the prize.
(An original Poem by Mel Kaye)
I strongly suggest that you write down your immediate reaction, after passionately reading this poem.
- What goals could you have achieved if you had continued to persist?
- What goals did you achieve because you didn't give up?
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As you may know, my philosophy on happiness is that "Happiness is a Decision." This may be a little simplistic, but never the less, in my opinion, true. That does not mean that there can't be other ways of attaining happiness. A fellow blogger and Friend Allison Cabral has recently written a post on happiness with a philosophy and a set of rules that I believe is also sound. She granted me permission to reprint it:
Let Happiness Find You
So many of us are “searching” for happiness. But if you follow these simple three rules, you might discover that you don't have to work so hard. Happiness will find you instead!
RULE #1 - Know Who You Are
So many people do this backwards! We often look for something to give us our sense of identity and self-confidence! Wrong!!! You need to understand yourself before you can know how to be happy.
Do whatever it takes to know who you are, what you love, what you can’t live without, and what you value… maybe this requires therapy, time alone, journaling or just making a list of your likes and dislikes and getting clear on who you are.
RULE #2 - Value Who You Are
YES! You should be picky. Why settle for anything less than extraordinary. Everyone should value who they are and what they bring to the table. There are plenty of people, places and things to settle down with that fit the average, mediocre profile that you could be relatively happy and compatible with. But, that is boring! Yes, you could be happy but for how long and then what? Hold out for the best, set your standards high, there is something out there to match it – it just might take longer. It is hard to find quality, but well worth the effort.
RULE #3 - Engage In Life and What you Love
Fill your calendar with what you love. Don’t sit around waiting for someone to do things with or something fun to find you. Make a list what of YOU want to do and go do it. Surround yourself with people, places and things that reflect the real you. Lose yourself in something you love – that will instantly attract happiness. Be so engaged in what you are doing that you actually forget to look for happiness and … and like magic… it will find you.
Please leave any comments that relate to this post with Allison Cabral's original post.
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