Never try to build a house without first laying a foundation. The same principle applies to your marriage and your family.
Let me explain. I don’t care how eager you are to get your new home finished, how excited you are about filling it with furniture and decorating it all just right – take time to put down a solid foundation first - hopefully, according to the blueprint.
If you don’t, that house will be so unstable, it will soon come tumbling down.
Most of us experienced the lessons – heard the same songs from our parents. As kids our parents warned us about hanging out with the wrong crowd, didn’t they?
As soon as we grow up we look back and realize they were exactly right, and our early opinions were wrong.
In one of his articles, Phil Cooke said: “The truth is, the people you run with are the people who will inspire, educate, and motivate you. “
You know what? That’s true!
Happy New Year!
The holidays are over for most parts of the world. Today many go back to work, dodge the maze of traffic while thinking about those New Year’s resolutions – you know that new diet plan, the savings plans and the new way of thinking.
For most, New Year’s Day/Week is a new beginning – a fresh new start. This is good in many ways, especially in becoming enthused about new things or a new way of life. Before we start thinking about a fresh start, let’s think about 2015 for a minute.
For all of us, last year was quite eventful. From tragedies, to the rise of inflation, to job or pay cuts to terrible weather patterns.
On the other hand, for a few of us, it was a year of rejoicing, fun, and positive results. Yet for most, it was a combination of both.
I’m not exactly sure what the pressure is like in High Schools anymore. I have been out of school for, well… a long time. I remember my High School Days (way back when) when everyone wanted to be different.
Being different was the big push. Kids wanted to have the best and different back packs, the flashiest jewelry, the neatest designer jeans and definitely the coolest gym shoes.
The shocking surprise came when everyone wanted to "be like Mike." (Remember that commercial? - Yeah I'm showing my age :-))
I remember the commercial of Michael Jordan advertising for Nike. Nike had made a gym shoe style, or basketball shoe that had Michael’s logo on the side of the high top part of the shoe. They were pretty cool – I must admit.
Shortly thereafter, they started making a few other styles that still looked similar to the originals.
So what was so shocking about the Nike’s Michael Jordan gym shoe?
Success has different turns, many “ups” and “downs” and enough insecurity in the process. No person who is successful has ever arrived at their success with a 100% assurance and confidence.
Depending on who you ask what success is to them, you will get a variety of answers. For some success is having a good and established career. For others, it’s simply making plenty of money.
Yet, for another, success could be to simply enjoy life and do whatever they want to do; while for others, success is defined by their accomplishments in life.
Regardless of what your idea and reality of success is, one thing is for sure – it’s not a cakewalk down Boardwalk – yet, it’s quite an adventure filled with hope.