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Do not fear death so much, but rather the inadequate life.
-- Bertolt Brecht


Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Truly successful

True success is based not on how obnoxious you can be, but on how helpful and valuable you can make yourself. True success is based not on how hateful of spiteful you can be, but on how much love you can inspire.

True success is based not on how much glamour you can project, but on how much beauty you can see and appreciate. True success is based not on how much you can take, but on the real value you are able to create.

When everything you do is all about you, then nothing you do will really matter. Even if you drive the most intimidating vehicle on the road, and have the most prestigious address in town, life will be empty if you are the only person you truly care about.

Being absorbed only with yourself is the quickest route to misery. In contrast, the more genuine consideration you have for others, the more blessed your life will be.

Before you act, think of how your actions will affect others. Seek to make a positive difference for the people around you, and you’ll find real, lasting success and fulfillment flowing into your own life.

Each moment you have an opportunity to be truly successful by contributing your own special value to life. Think and act beyond yourself, and there’s no limit to the real success you can achieve.

— Ralph Marston

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