“Don’t be afraid of new ideas . . . be afraid of old ideas. They keep you where you are and stop you from growing and moving forward. Concentrate on where you want to go, not on where you have been.”
Thomas Edison said, “Many of life’s failures are simply made by people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” Walt Disney said it this way, “Get a good idea and stay with it. Do it and work at it until it’s done right.”
Today in our world, there is a lot of talk about how ‘successful‘ we are . . . my thought is about how ‘significant‘ we are.
I will confess to you all that I’m infected with an incurable illness and have been for some time now. It can never be healed, but it’s not fatal. My disease is the love of what I am doing. I have heard of another illness called ‘Destination Disease’, where the goal of completing a task takes precedence over enjoying the task. My hope is that I never catch that one . . . and that neither do you.
Being significant means that we attain respect and affection of others, not merely their envy; we find the best in others and not merely ourselves. If we are significant, then we are successful – if we are only successful, we may be significant only to ourselves!
John Maxwell says it this way, “Boys don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
One of my favorite sayings to the boys is, “Practice makes permanent . . . perfect practice makes perfect.” Our boys are asked to be “perfect” in many situations – but what I really ask them to be, is “excellent.”
Perfection is being right – excellence is being willing to be wrong. Perfection is control – excellence is spontaneous and infectious. Perfection is judgment – excellence is acceptance. Perfection is the destination – excellence is the journey.
Our boys are becoming significant, successful and excellent members of something much bigger than themselves. Won’t you help us spread the word?!