If I could share 500 words to inspire, this is the important wisdom I'd want to pass along to others...
When you do what you love, work always feels like play. Follow whatever you are passionate about, and you will find yourself always going above and beyond the call of duty, and the money will always follow. You will naturally and easily rise to the top of your field.
Money can be made, money can be lost, money can be made again. What you can’t make more of is time. The only thing your life is made of is time. Don’t waste it. Make your loved ones your priority – always.
Work is always secondary, but unfortunately, so many people forget that. I have never known anyone who wants their tombstone to read “I wish I’d worked more.” What everyone wants on their tombstone, in their obituary or at their funeral is to know who loved them. Those are the people who matter in your life. Show them while you are young and vibrant and still alive how much they mean to you in thoughtful little ways every day.
Refuse to be a victim. Everyone in this life is handed a basket full of problems – we all just get a different basket with different problems. No one has it better and no one has it worse than you do. So don’t feel sorry for yourself, or envious of the other guy. I find that adversity doesn’t build character – adversity REVEALS character. So choose to be a winner, not a whiner.
If you are hit with what appears to be an overwhelming problem, find a way to laugh at it first. That immediately takes away your fear, and makes the problem seem smaller. Then when you are done laughing, find a way to fix your problem!
If you find yourself feeling self-pity, toss that loser mentality out the window. Instead, make a list of everything and everyone you have to be grateful for in your life. Read that list daily, and you’ll be surprised how your attitude changes. The other best way to find happiness is by helping others. Nothing will fill your heart more. Happiness is a choice – choose it everyday.
Surround yourself with people you love, who share common interests and have good hearts. You will be amazed at the joy that sharing fun experiences brings you. In the end, all we have are our memories of fun times spent with loved ones. Happiness is not bought with money or with fancy toys. Happiness comes from being well loved. Chase happiness, not money!