“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” -Albert Einstein.
In those peaceful, bubbling brooks in Vermont, you find smooth round stones. The kind that feel like silk kissing your hands when you pick them up. They have been caressed by the flow of water so long, there is no denying the power of forceful persuasion.
If you pile smooth stones atop one another, you can make art in the form of towers. The beauty and serenity of these stones brings an aura of quietness to the soul.
But if you pour water over the stones, it will cascade down through the cracks making waterfalls of leisure through the tower. Eventually, due to the weight from the pressure, the stone tower collapses. The success of the tower beauty held no true value, and whatever it did hold was superficial for a short time.
In people, you learn through hardship and experience with time getting to know them if they hold true value, or just superficial towers waiting to collapse.
You learn this with customers, companies and even family members.
Every single thing we accomplish to do in life is either built on rock-bottom success or our own ideologies of what we think success looks like. “The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” -Michael Altshuler
We are trained to believe success looks like money. I see success as: What have I accomplished to help make the world a better place? Success has nothing to do with money. It has everything to do with what you do with your time while you still have breath in you. “What good is your purse if you’re poor in you’re heart?” -J P Morgan
If the world hinges on our pocketbooks til the day we die to add value to others then we are failing miserably.
Every day consumers shop for merchandise. Every second merchandise is returned. Some things we buy hold great value because it is of great quality and means something to us. Some things we buy is crap and breaks before we get it home.
Some of the greatest authors in the world never got credit in their lifetime for their works of literature. But we enjoy their gift they gave the world years after because what they did made an impact which added value to our lives. It means something. What we do, what we leave behind means something.
“The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.” -Anais Nin.
We should live each day desiring to do something of great value, instead of shallow towers that collapse. That my friend, is what helps make the world a better place. “A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” -Steve Maraboli