My Father’s Wisdom About A Successful Life

No Bunk Truth

Today’s post is from the last No Bunk Truths chapter in my family business memoir, No Bunk, Just BS (Business Sense),

This post is an excerpt from Chapter 5  – Achieving and Maintaining Success Truths.

Success in Life Depends on the Motive is Truth #4 

My Father’s Wisdom

My fahter was a Green Brain Mechanical Engineer.
The following is his concise wisdom about success.

“On November 11, 1966 my father made the following contribution to the HI-LITER Newsletter, which was the business newsletter his employees wrote bi-monthly:

There is an old fable about a dog that boasted of his ability as a runner. One day he chased a rabbit, but failed to catch it. The other dogs ridiculed him. He replied, “Remember, the rabbit was running for his life, and I was running only for the fun of it.”

Success in life depends on the motive. If you are in the race merely for the fun of it, or as a meal ticket, you will not put the same energy into your running as you will if your ambition is deeper and more serious.

I thought you would be interested in what the author had to say. Every once in a while all of us should sit down and ask ourselves:

  • Am I putting into my job the best I can?
  • Am I doing my best to make more happy and satisfied customers?
  • Am I giving my job all I’ve got?

You will feel better if you do.”



Final Thought

Think about what motivates you to be succesful in your life and amend the questions above to read:

  • Am I putting into my life the best I can?
  • Am I doing my best to make more happy and loved family members?
  • Am I giving my life all I’ve got?

Are you the dog or the rabbit?


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