The way you can measure a society’s soul is by the way that it treats its children.
Issue No. 57 – 21st May 2008
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I came across this article on success in Wayne Mansfield’s newsletter, The Maverick Spirit. The points are a summary of Hal Urban’s book with the above title. Great tips for yourself and also to instil in the children in your life.
Life doesn’t require us to always come out on top. It asks only that we do our best at each level of experience. This is what successful people do in some of the most important areas of life:
‘ Successful people accept life as it is, with all its difficulties and challenges. They adapt to it rather than complain about it. They accept responsibility for their own lives instead of blaming or making excuses. They say YES to life in spite of negative elements and make the most out of it, no matter what the circumstances.
‘ Successful people develop and maintain a positive attitude toward life. They look for good in others and in the world, and usually seem to find it. They see life as a series of opportunities and possibilities, and always explore them.
‘ Successful people build good relationships. They’re sensitive to the needs and feelings of others. They’re considerate and respectful. They have a way of bringing out the best in other people.
‘ Successful people have a sense of direction and purpose – they know where they’re going. They set goals, accomplish most of them, and then set new goals. They accept and enjoy a challenge.
‘ Successful people have a strong desire to learn: about life, the world, and themselves. They see learning as a joy, not a duty. They continually enrich their lives by learning new things and improving themselves. They are always discovering, always growing.
‘ Successful people are action-oriented. They get things done because they’re not afraid of hard work, and they don’t waste time. They use it in constructive ways. They don’t get into ruts or become bored because they’re too busy looking for new experiences.
‘ Successful people maintain high standards in their personal conduct. They know that honesty is one of the main ingredients in the character of a good person. They are consistently truthful in both their private and public lives.
‘ Successful people understand the difference between existing and living, and always choose the latter. They get the most out of life because they put the most into it. They reap what they sow. And they enjoy life to the fullest.
From The Maverick Spirit 7 April 2008 (http://www.au1865.com/archive.html)
Quotes of the Week
The key to success is for you to make a habit throughout your life of doing the things you fear. Vincent Van Gogh
Success is the good fortune that comes from aspiration, desperation, perspiration and inspiration. Evan Esau
At age 4 success is . . . not piddling in your pants.
At age 12 success is . . . having friends.
At age 17 success is . . having a drivers license.
At age 35 success is . . having money.
At age 50 success is . . . having money.
At age 70 success is . .. . having a drivers license.
At age 75 success is . . . having friends.
At age 80 success is . . . not piddling in your pants
Thanks Marlene, your energy and enthusiasm for teaching the Arts is an inspiration to myself and the students. You are a dynamo. I really appreciate your fabulous PD.
Sue Cox, Curtin Tutor, the Arts.
About The Author
Marlene Rattigan B.A., Dip. Ed. (ECS), CELTA
Marlene Rattigan is an Early Childhood teacher, a teacher of English as a Second Language, and from 1987-2000 was a nationally accredited fitness leader. Her background is in music education. A keen interest in motor development in children led to the creation of Kidz-Fiz-Biz which she taught successfully for 13 years. Marlene also conducts workshops for children, teachers and parents at schools, in the community and at festivals. She has produced teaching manuals complete with audio CDs which are an extension of her ‘Kidz-Fiz-Biz’ program.
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