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What are your priorities?

The following quizzes, and the subsequent paragraph, are attributed to the late Charles Schultz, creator of the comic strip, Peanuts. I’m passing along his thoughts because I think it’s important that we realize what is really important in life.

Quiz 1:

  1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
  2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
  3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America contest.
  4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
  5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
  6. Name the last decade’s World Series winners.

Quiz 2:

  1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
  2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
  3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
  4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
  5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.
  6. Name half a dozen heroes whose stories have inspired you.

“The applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners. The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones who cared.”

This is Jim again. As we go through life, let’s make sure our goals and priorities include caring about and serving other people, not just about other things.

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Personal Horizons for small business owners

A horizon is such a useful thing; it helps you have perspective.

There is more than one kind, you know: The old standby that meets the sky as you drive down the road or sail on the water; in aviation, there is an artificial horizon that pilots use as one of their gauges to keep the aircraft in the desired attitude when they are “in the soup” and can’t see horizon #1; and then there is your Personal Horizon.

Your Personal Horizon is your perspective on future prospects; where you’re headed in your personal and professional life. Do you see a bright horizon with clearly defined features, or do you see a dark and hazy horizon and are not sure of what’s ahead?

When you’re on the ground if you want a better view, you have to physically move higher in the hopes of gaining a better perspective. But you can improve your Personal Horizon by moving to higher ground in your life through education, new goals, a new attitude – you get the picture.

If you don’t like what you see on your Personal Horizon, what are you going to do about it? I’m not saying personal change is easy, but you have to admit, it is convenient. You don’t have to physically go anywhere to change your Personal Horizon. You can do it right now, right where you are. Here are three Personal Horizon thoughts from three big thinkers:

Renaissance man, Michaelangelo: “The danger is not that you will reach too high and fall short, but rather that you will aim too low and achieve it.”

Twentieth century entrepreneur extraordinaire, Henry Ford: “Whether you think you can, or whether you think you can’t, either way you’re correct.”

And finally, this from English philosopher and author, James Allen: “You will become as great as your dominant aspiration… If you cherish a vision, a lofty ideal in your heart, you will realize it.”

Allow your “aspirations” to become “dominant”. Give your “vision” a chance to work by acquiring a new Personal Horizon. Where do you look for your Personal Horizon? James Allen says it’s in your heart.

Now go aim a little higher.

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