Inspiration

  The Difference Betw
 Success And Havin


een Being A
g A Successful Life


by Chris Widener

   I was reading an article the other day about a famous athlete. One of his teammates made a comment that I found interesting. He said, off the record of course, that his famous teammate would have a funeral so small that it could be held in a fitting room.
   Most people would consider this athlete "successful." He is rich beyond anyoneís imagination. He has and will set world records. He will undoubtedly be elected into his Hall of Fame, most likely on the first ballot.
   But he is not a successful human being. It is common knowledge that he is universally disliked.
   This got me thinking. I am attending two funerals this week. One is the funeral of a man who was "successful" in the eyes of the world. That is, he made a lot of money. But he wasnít a terribly successful human being. He was estranged from his oldest son and hadnít spoken with him in years. He was a borderline alcoholic. There were other storms in his life. About 50 people will attend.
   The other funeral is for a man who was not "successful" in the eyes of the world. You would have never given him a second look had you seen him in a store. He wasnít wealthy. He was not high-profile. Yet he was quite a successful human being. People were encouraged and built-up by this man.
   People were better because he graced their lives, even in small ways. His funeral will have about 200 people there, paying their last respects. He would have never guessed there would be that many, yet after he died, people came out of the woodwork to speak highly of him.
   So what is the difference? And can we be both "successful" and a successful human being?
   It can be done by those who understand balanced living and are aggressive time and priority managers. Give yourself time to make your fortune or pursue your dreams, but give yourself time to make a successful life for yourself as well.
   Here are some tips for being a successful human being who has a successful life:

   Love People, Use Things. People who become "successful" and miss a successful life are those who love things and use people. Be sure to put people as a priority in your life.

   Take Time Off. Life isnít just about work. There is so much else to experience in this life and unfortunately, too little time to enjoy it.

   Be A Giver. Be someone who gives more than he takes. Yes, we all have to take from time to time, but we should take only when we need and give every time we have a chance!

   Be A Life-Long Learner. We become better people as we learn. Take time throughout your life to grow and learn and become a better person.

   Keep A Sense Of Humor. People who laugh are a gift to the world. Donít take yourself or your circumstances too seriously. Learn to look on the bright side and see the humor in situations.

   Honor Your Commitments. This is a key to a successful life. We live this life based on commitments we make toward one another. Those who honor their commitments are those who will be respected and trusted by others.

   Mentor Someone. Always take the time to mentor someone. I know this firsthand because of the energy a few people put into my life, sometimes just letting me know that they believed in me. This goes a long way and makes the world a better place!

   There are other aspects of a successful life, but these are the simple ones that you can begin to apply today. Remember, you can work and become a success but donít forget to live a successful life as well!