Friday, November 30, 2012
What is the key to success? What do you consider “having arrived” in your life? Enough money to not worry about bills and financial security? Having great health, a fine home, car, and clothes? Being able to buy anything you want, at any time, for your family? Having the magic job and perfect physical condition? Living the dream of longevity with a clear and sharp mind?
What is success to you? When will you achieve that success? What will it take to get you there, keep you there, and what is the cost to “arrive”? Then, for the big question that I am asking, what are you going to do after you obtain your success?
Ten years ago, I held someone as they died and after their last breath, I panicked. He did not have his glasses, his wallet, watch or cell phone. After a period of time, I came to realize that we come into the world with nothing, and we leave behind our life’s legacy, taking no possessions with us.
There was a moment in time where I tried to change places with my dying friend. There was not much time left and I was looking for a guide, a healer, a miracle worker, to turn the tables so I could go and the other person would live. As I feverously searched and realized that no amount of money or possessions was going to make this happen, and I felt the uselessness of the “success” that I had achieved.
Those days forever changed my life and the value I placed on “keeping up with the Joneses”. What became of great value to me were precious last words spoken, the closeness of family and friends, and the reality of knowing how precious and fragile life is.
After this experience, I realized my key to success is being happy in the present moment. No matter where I am, I have decided to be grateful for what I have and to be happy in that instant. Success to me now consists of making someone smile, showing them that they can change their lives through dancing, and gain a confidence that will last a lifetime. Success is having the ability to plan someone’s Arthur Murray Medalist Program so they can learn the quick, fun and easy way to dance. Success for me is seeing this transformation through the dancing.
What do you see as success? If it is being rich and not having any money problems, then make that happen in your life. If that includes perfect health, a great family and a great job… then get them all. Now I ask you this question, what are you going to do when you have it all? What are you going to do when you have achieved your life’s goals?
My answer is this: life for me is not about just getting everything that I want. Life for me is about giving great service and trying to live my life to help and inspire others. I think I have a super long way to go with this because I have lived a long life of doing just what I want to do, yet I have found a new joy in life by giving back with time and money. Some of the greatest joys I now hold dear are the experiences of volunteering, then receiving something back that cannot be taken away, and being paid with a memory that will last a lifetime.
Try this for living a successful week: Find three people in your daily life and give them some direction. Give some love, hope, guidance and leadership to three people who cannot give anything back to you financially or materially. Freely give some words of comfort and praise, and watch and see what comes back to you. Spend some time with each of the three souls and see what happens. I think you will find a new and exciting secret to success in your own life!
May all the best of life’s accomplishments be with you all!
David Earl Woodbury
Next Week: The Four Personality Types
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