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2017-11-23

A Thought for the Week

by John M Grimes

One of the most knowledgeable and successful men we know, listed some of the reasons for his success.
He explained how he set out to learn the facts of life and then learned to live with those facts. He learned life is a mixture of good days and bad, of victory and defeat, of give and take.
He learned not to carry a chip on his shoulder because he was neither prepared or willing to fight over foolishness. He learned buck-passing always turned out to be a boomerang. He learned that any job or business could operate without him, as eventually it must anyway. He learned people stationed below him are human, have flesh and blood, heart and sentiment the same as he. He learned it does no harm to smile and say "Good morning" even if it is raining. He learned other people are just as ambitious, just as capable as he. And he also learned some people have more brains than he has. He learned to sympathize with youngsters in his business because he remembered how bewildered he was when he started out. He learned most people are generally alike and that "getting along" depended about 99% on his own behavior.
With that sort of blue print for learning, is it any wonder he is so knowledgeable and successful?