Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Ripple Effect

The Hidden Treasure

Our greatest treasure is hidden deep inside each of us. Why wait so long to dig deep in there, find it, then share you greatest treasure with the world? We never know where the ripple, the influence will end, do we?

1.      Books carry the history of civilization. Why aren't we learning from the mistakes of those that came before us? A lesson is repeated until a lesson is learned. The fastest way to learn is to learn from the experience of others.

2.      Remarkable human strengths are all rooted in diversity and adversity. Why is it that people complain about both? Have we already forgotten what made us great in the first place? We were all immigrants when we study our heritage. Suffering is a divine favor. It is in our suffering that we find our greatness.

3.      The freedoms we cherish are disappearing quickly, the time for courageous leadership is now. What are you doing to protect our precious freedoms? Leaders and entrepreneurs are the new freedom fighters. Why don’t you get out of your shell and join our cause? Is there a bigger cause than to protect the freedoms that our forefathers shed their blood so we could be free?

4.      We are today the result of values instilled in us as children. How come we have failed miserably in this important task? This is the first time in America where our generation is leaving behind a mess for our children and grandchildren to clean up. What kind of inheritance is that?
5.      One individual can make a difference, Abraham Lincoln did. What difference are you making to improve the lives of those coming after you? Abe had just about one year of formal schooling. He self-educated himself. There is nothing bigger than the security lodged in the ignorance of the so called experts. We are all students until the day we die.

6.      The valuable is the intangible, the spiritual strength inside of humans. Why then aren't you leveraging that biggest lever you have inside you? Why do we readily accept the mediocrity from strangers and failed to ask for help from those that can lead us to greatness?
7.      Immigrants can see things that others cannot. Why then many shun immigrants instead of learning from them? We are all in this ship together. When the Titanic sunk it did not ask what race or social status its passengers belonged to.

Be blessed and be a blessing to others.
Carlos Fontana, President of Phalanx
Co-author of the book Follow to Lead (The 7 Principles to Being a Great Follower)

Author of the book PRICELESS (Sixty-Six Simple Stories of Reflection, Love, and Legacy)

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