Time is a created thing. To say, ‘I don’t have time’ is to say, ‘I don’t want to.’ – Lao Tzu
What do you spend your time doing?
The key is that time is a limited resource and what you do with it matters.
When you say you can’t do something it’s because you’ve decided (consciously or otherwise) that something else was more important.
What you spend your time on is what you decided matters (even if you decided a long time ago, and/or by default . . . ).
Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming. – John Wooden
One of the things I love about John Wooden is his focus on 1) fundamentals (/habits) and 2) doing the best you can, irrespective of those around.
The quote above is so important in understanding how to be successful, in a sustainable way.
It’s telling, at least for me, that when asked my greatest fear, I once answered “Not becoming who I could be.”
Telling because, the inverse of that fear is the great satisfaction and peace of mind that comes from doing your best, learning and growing and being the best – truly authentic – version of yourself
The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain, egotistic and self-complacent is erroneous; on the
contrary it makes them, for the most part, humble, tolerant and kind. – W. Somerset Maugham
I said “money” in the title because I think that’s the key factor at play.
One of my limiting beliefs about money and success is that I’ll be an as$hol& if I’m successful.
The fact of the matter is that money only amplifies who you are.
If you’re a jerk, and you get more money, you’ll be a bigger jerk.
If you’re generous and kind, and you get more money, you’ll just have more ways to be generous and kind.
So, there you have it, I can go ahead and make lots of money. The only thing I need to do is make sure I focus on being a good person – money has no actual power of me.
Or you can . . . .
Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get. – Dale Carnegie
One of the most important skills in life is knowing the difference.
And knowing the difference for you.
It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely* try to help another without helping himself. – Emerson
Everything is sticky, whether you’re generous or stingy, helpful and conniving, thoughtful or selfish, . . . everything rubs off on you.
Be very careful what you rub up against – whether it’s your thoughts, beliefs or actions.
It all matters.
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* Remember it requires sincerely trying to help.