“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise” (F. Scott Fitzgerald). Hope sees what is not yet actualized, and makes it so. Be the captain of your own ship and manage yourself well. Decide the attitudes, values, principles, and life philosophies you will abide by prior to venturing into any endeavor, starting the day, emailing a person or calling someone on the telephone. Decipher end results for calling someone before making the call. Do you desire to acquire knowledge, give a boost of encouragement, or cause trouble? Knowing our outcome can help us focus on staying the course and not wasting our time or anyone else’s invaluable time.
“Whoever destroys a single life is as guilty as though he had destroyed the entire world; and whoever rescues a single life earns as much merit as though he had rescued the entire world” (The Talmud). Be vigilant about who you are and what you say and do because others are watching and listening, therefore being impacted whether you know it or not. Words have the power to kill or give new life. Words are like the ripples in a placid pond after a rock is thrown, sending vibrations of love or hate into our world. Be aware about how you speak—in verbiage, day-to-day conversation, silence, tone, enthusiasm, influence, and writing. Is love emanating from you?
Let’s remember not to perspire when we ought to be sweating. Work ethic encompasses unstoppable diligent effort toward architecting our lives how we wish with the cards dealt to us. There will be ebbs and flows of highs and lows, although maximize the voyage by becoming full of joy, vigor, enthusiasm, and tranquility along our ABLE quest to greatness. Curiosity and desire, combined with helping others is key to our daily vitality. A simple smile or sincere complement is useful and uplifting for all. Who have you helped today?
“Ask the experienced rather than the learned” (Arabic proverb). Doing and experiencing something is much more effective than theory alone. Both successes and failures allow authentic compassion and understanding to stem from knowing pain and pleasure first hand. We can seek out mentors that have five to ten or more years’ experience than ourselves to facilitate beneficial guidance, advice, suggestions, and help toward acquiring our aims and overcoming life’s obstacles. Keep in mind that while seeking mentors, by rushing too quickly to the top, our questions might have been answered by people with less experience and wisdom.
Nevertheless, follow class acts and quality people only. Rid prejudices, looking for the good in others. Remember that we can learn from everyone, even if it’s what not to do. Books, podcasts, mastermind groups, and individual one-on-one in-person, telephone, e-mail, or internet platform mentorships can be very effective toward helping reach personal, emotional, health, fitness, social, relational, professional, financial, and spiritual goals. We can all teach each other valuable insights, promoting useful attitudes, behaviors, and leveraged environments (ABLE), in turn, furthering humanity for the better—one person at a time. Don’t worry about who gets credit, just give generously with heartfelt intentions.