“If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.” — Henry Ford 1863 – 1947, Founder of the Ford Motor Company
My parents often stressed the importance of education via the often heard maxim, “What you learn, no one can ever take away from you. You can lose houses, cars, even relationships, but what you know, no one can take.” I wonder how many people really understand that?
How many people engage in a continuous learning process after they’ve finished school? Do you read ten pages of a book that will help you get better in some area of your life everyday? Most people don’t read at all, and those that do usually read only for entertainment and not learning. I’ve heard it quoted that 48% of people never read another book after high school. I’ve also heard it quoted that at least 1 billion people on the planet cannot read. If you can read, but chose not to, you are really no better off than those 1 billion people who cannot read.
That’s a bitter pill to swallow isn’t it? There are books on every conceivable subject from bettering your relationships, to better your health, or finance or bonsai, or learning Spanish or you name the subject. You can at least begin to learn about anything with books. And again, at least in the USA, a library card is free. If you don’t like to read, begin with books on tape or CD. I love my public library and I’ve been wearing them out!
Of course if you combine reading 10 pages of a good book a day and listening to 30 minutes of an audio program a day, in a month you will probably finish a book and have listened to 900 minutes of audio programs. Now multiple that by 12 months and after a year you’ve read 12 books and listened to 10,800 minutes of audio. If it’s all on the same subject, you will have placed yourself in league with the experts in the field you’ve chosen to study! Imagine if you applied all that new knowledge to your everyday life, how different your life could be a year from now!
“Opportunities are not offered. They must be wrested and worked for. And this calls for perseverance..and courage. ” — Indira Gandhi 1917 – 1984, Indian prime minister
OK, here we go again. Opportunities must be wrested and worked for. I agree that perseverance and courage are good things, but wresting? In an earlier post, I wondered if the notions of struggling and working hard for what you want are due to the protestant work ethic that is so prevalent in the USA. Well, Indira Gandhi, for whom I have the utmost respect, dispels that idea of mine. I would think that she was not heavily influenced by the protestant work ethic…though as I think about it, India was a British colony for years, so maybe it did influence her.
Again, I’m not saying that action is not required to realize ones dreams or goals, it most clearly is. However, need it require the struggle implicit in the words wrest and work? Or is it merely my skewed perception of work as something to be endured as a means to an end rather an end in and of itself? Thoughts? Ideas? Post a comment.
“The significant business of your life is alive and well, awaiting discovery, within your very soul. You and I were born to come into ourselves as complete and distinctive persons. Accepting this, we build a valuable life.” — Marsha Sinetar, Author of Do What You Love, The Money Will Follow
Think about that. Everything we need to live the life of our dreams is already inside of us! It’s just waiting for us to be still and mindful, to dig down and find it. One of my mentors says all the time that we have to slow down in order to speed up. This morning during part of my walk, I listened to the audio book version of The Slight Edge which contained this very same lesson. Everything you need to learn, to unearth the greatness within you is readily available. You just have to be willing to look, learn and then take action and apply what you learn.
“I enjoy every opportunity and live every moment. And that is why I have no regrets. It’s when you are not scared of losing that you win everything.” — Shailendra Singh, Vice President, Sequoia Capital
A lot of the books, such as The Attractor Factor, and other materials I’ve read lately have emphasized the idea of not being attached to what you want. If you can want whatever it is but not need it, then you are actually more like to manifest it, create it, attract it. This seems to be an idea rooted in Buddhism, but the idea can be found in Christianity as we can see in the second commandment “You shall not make for yourself an idol,…you shall not bow down to them or worship them;…” You can make an idol of anything, money, sex, drugs, power, love of a person. If you need it, it becomes your idol. If you cannot detach from it, you need it, it is an idol.
Isn’t awful how we are so attached to our various religions, beliefs and philosophies that we can make war and kill in the name of that religion, belief or philosophy that we hold dear? If that isn’t idolatry, what is?
This quote also reminds us to be mindful. To live in this present moment, for that’s the only moment we have. I’ve been reading a great book about this very idea, The Mindful Way through Depression. I highly recommend it. Also, many years ago now I read an excellent book by Thich Nhat Hanh, Living Buddha, Living Christ, I highly recommend that one, also. I find it much more gratifying to, much more peaceful to look for the common ground, to find where we are alike rather than where we differ.
“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work. ” — Stephen King, Author
A few days ago, I wrote another post about some quotes dealing with working hard. And here again we have Stephen King saying that what separates the successful from the talented is working hard. Is this idea related to the Protestant work ethic? I’m not suggesting that one will not have to take action to be successful, but question if it really must be hard work? Somehow, maybe only in my head, hard work implies lack of enjoyment, lack of fun. What do you think? Leave a comment.
“Everything that happens in your life is moving you in the direction of your goals.” — Bob Proctor
“I am no longer cursed by poverty because I took possession of my mind, and that mind has yielded me every material thing I want, and much more than I need. But this power of mind is a universal one, available to the humblest person as it is to the greatest.” — Andrew Carnegie
“Some things that look like they are in our best interest are often not going to serve us when we see the big picture. We have to trust and let go, realizing that everything that happens is for our highest good.” — Joe Vitale
“I trust that it’s all happening perfectly for my highest good.” — Susan Jeffers, Ph.D.
What is the lesson here? What is the common theme of these quotes? It’s easy to see that the first, third and fourth are all different ways of saying the same thing. But what does the second quote have to do with the rest of them? Simply that in order to see that everything that happens to you is for your good, to see the silver lining in every dark cloud, you must be in control of your mind.
As Jim Rohn would say, “It’s not the blowing of the wind, but the set of the sail. The same wind blows on us all.” It’s not so much about what happens to you as how you choose to respond to what happens to you. Take everything that happens and as yourself what the good is in that situation. Keep asking until you find it.