Our philosophy, is established by using our mind, to process ideas and information. It determines how, and what we think about the world, as it relates to us. It starts when we are young and is developed and changes as we get older, and go through life. Your philosophy determines how you handle the challenges of your life.
Our parents give us their best, to relate to the world. It starts to expand later as we attend school. The reason we go to school should be to gather knowledge. We should get everything we can while we are in school. When we are young , we may thought it was cool to cut school, but that one day you missed, might be a key life point. Nothing worse than being stupid, broke is bad enough. Unless you are broke and stupid. And the only thing worse than that is to be sick, broke, and stupid.
We can’t choose our parents or where we start life. Children born in America have an advantage. We take it for granted, if we are born here. Think about it. We don’t see American citizens climbing walls or digging tunnels to get into Mexico, or jumping on rickety boats to get to Poland, or Germany. We forget that the United States is the melting pot of the world. We all came from somewhere else, unless born a Native American.
As we get older we blame many things for our present situation. We blame the family we grew up with, the lack of money, lack of education, high taxes, the state of the economy, or the company we work for. Jim Rohn calls that the “winds of life, that blows on us all”. If we want to arrive where we have values, treasures, productivity, success, life style, we need to “set up a sail” that will take us, to where we want to go.
Most people end up on the rocks of life, because they don’t even have their sail up (how can you find dry land, if you have no plan). If your sail is not up, you will be blown in any direction of the wind. When you have a sail you can make a” course correction” to get to where you want to go. Refine your philosophy to carry you through the storms of life. Simply put, philosophy is the sum total of all we know. Then we need to determine what is valuable, and work on the things, that make the most difference.
Spend your time and money, on those things that matter. Think about what you need to do, then get started. Success is a journey. It’s not just a destination. We work, work, on our jobs. The question we should ask ourselves, is not what am I getting here, but what am I becoming here?
I got lazy (only three years left before retirement) but realized that life was more than a regular pay check. To do the things new management wanted me to do, took me back to when I first started work, over 40 years ago.
Was I crazy or just feed up with getting by? The major influences of my life have passed on – Mom and Dad and some of my mentors. What kind of legacy will I leave? What kind of legacy will YOU leave?
Les Brown, a mentor who is still here said something that stuck in my mind – Don’t leave here, with talent not used. Blogging is my way of saying hello world, my name is Earl, and this is what I did. If you don’t tell your story, someone else will. Will they get it right or leave something out?
What a great way to share the importance of telling your story and sharing it with the world Earl. Thank you for sharing your story as I can relate to so much of it. I’m very happy to have left corporate America and living on my terms, but not until I understood that we do have a story and one that can push us towards our dreams. Thanks Earl for this awesome post!
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This is a great post Earl and you are so right about telling your story – especially as a baby boomer. We have so much guidance to share. The cemetery is the richest place on earth. But I will be dirt poor when I get arrive there… all I have to give, will be given. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for your comments. I think it was Les who said, “We all have greatness within us. But when we die, we take all those dreams and talents with us, if we don’t act on them.”