Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Personal Success and Real Happiness – Part I

Personal Success and Real Happiness – Part I

Learnings gleaned over the years from Sir John Marks Templeton

1.      Learn and apply the laws of life. There are many eternal laws for living a fruitful life. Choose the ones that are most important to you like perseverance, learning, enthusiasm, etc.; understand them and apply them in your everyday living.
2.      Use what you already have. Continue to build from that base and learn more from your own experiences. Learning is a lifetime activity. Develop the habit of asking great questions. Seek more advice than you give and ask bigger questions than the ones you are asked.
3.      Help others and you will help yourself. We can get all we need if we help other people get what they need. We are all in the ministry of helping others live better lives.
4.      Put first things first. Learn to prioritize and live by your priorities. Be modest and learn from your mistakes and the mistakes of others.
5.      Love who you are and what you do. Become a go-giver and a person of value. Givers are the ones who live truly happy lives. Chasing happiness does not work. Stop chasing pleasures then happiness and success will come to you.
6.      Find the positive in every negative. Only the positive person truly succeeds in life. Ever been around a successful grumpy? Kindness cost nothing and brings amazing joy in life. Notice how the enthusiasts are the lovers of life. Accept change and notice the positive progress that comes with it.
7.      Invest on yourself and in your work. Develop the ability to formulate and communicate ideas. Learn the art of true salesmanship. Never waste a moment. Successful people use the cracks of time to learn and grow.

Will you join my cause to fight mediocrity in the world?
Pass these nuggets on to others.    
We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. Be a giver in a world of takers.

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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