Understanding Success, and being patient getting there.

As I have now approached my 60’s; okay, I’m actually into them now, but who’s counting, I have learned a few key lessons.

No, they’re not an “Official Top Ten,” or “The Sacred Seven,” heck, they’re only five. For now anyway. Perhaps they will resonate with you.


  1. Keep your true friends close, and distance yourself from the ones you thought were close. Time is short; make the most of those relationships,
  2. Trust your instincts; they’re rarely wrong. And when you doubt them, listen more closely; they’ll confirm your gut,
  3. Save for a rainy day—even when it’s sunny; there’ll come a time you’ll need a few extra bucks, and you’ll be prepared,
  4. Learn how to survive on little—especially when you have much; there’ll come a time your surplus won’t be so hefty,
  5. Be patient with yourself—especially when it comes to “living your dream” … Sometimes (oftentimes), it’s just going to take TIME.

If I had listened more, and spoken less, while saving more and spending less, earlier in life, I’d be further ahead than I am now.


However, in the spirit of not being too “woulda-coulda-shoulda“, I must say, I was living the life I wanted at the time. And it was good!

This comes alive for me when I think of people who have accomplished much, albeit later in life. And while going through some media files I keep around for inspiration, I ran across this tiny gem.

Jeff Daniels appeared on 60 Minutes, about the time the Broadway play To Kill A Mockingbird was taking off. Trust me and take the 60 seconds to watch and listen. You’ll thank me.

JEFF DANIELS ON 60 MINUTES

Best line in the complete interview:

“I wish I could’ve told that 21 year old kid, back in 1976, ‘It’s going to happen for you, but you’re going to be in your sixties…”

When I heard that, my wife Tammy turned to me and said, “That’s you, honey. Just be patient. It’s coming.”

Let me tell you, she was right. It IS coming. But in the meantime, I must work tenaciously and practice patience!

Would you like a little more of Jeff? Check out what he says about what inspires him:

JEFF DANIELS ON CBS SUNDAY MORNING

By the way, if you’ve never seen The Newsroom on HBO, take the time to watch just the first one or two episodes. You’ll be hooked. If you’re as big of a fan of Aaron Sorkin as I am (see resume), you’ll devour this series. We’ve binged it twice and it hasn’t gotten old. Frankly, some of the best television I’ve ever seen.

Remember: A great script in the hands of talented actors, makes for a delicious experience.


CLOSING THOUGHTS:

Real success rarely just falls into your lap. But then, would you really want it to?

Ever notice that when things come really easy, the victory doesn’t taste as sweet? It doesn’t feel as good?

I’m not sure if what I’m sharing today feels particularly profound, or earth moving, but it does have a few simple ideas—lessons if you will, that may help you.

Last thing: Enjoy the ride; it’s shorter than you think. Practice some patience; it’s all part of the journey. Trust yourself; you won’t let yourself down. You’ve Got This!

Thanks for stopping by.

-David

 

PS: If you enjoyed this, consider sharing it with a friend. True friends will thank you!

 

 

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