The Secret of Successful Life
An eight-year-old boy approached an old man in front of a wishing well, looked up into his eyes, and asked:
“I understand you’re a very wise man. I’d like to know the secret of life.”
The old man looked down at the youngster and replied:
“I’ve thought a lot in my lifetime, and the secret can be summed up in four words Think, Believe, Dream, and Dare.
You can use Walt Disney‘s words of wisdom as guidelines for succeeding in life.
· Think : As an architect of your life create:
– A vision of a successful life
– Core values that will help you to set priorities
– Purpose that will drive the engine of your life
· Believe: What the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve. Create a mindset for success by:
– Generating confidence born of your convictions
– Believing that you control your own destiny
– Seeking wisdom beyond experience
· Dream: Based upon your beliefs and values plan your life by:
– Setting meaningful goals
– Creating mini goals as stepping stones
– Creating strategic plans to use as a roadmap to success
· Dare: Vision without action is daydreaming and action without vision is a nightmare. Therefore, dare to make your dreams come true by:
– Being willing to learn from your mistakes
– Viewing problems as opportunities for growth
– Being open to taking risks
The desire to achieve excellence can be actualized by self-discipline. Your self-discipline depends upon your ability to incorporate Gandhi’s philosophy of detached action which states that you have control in doing your very best towards the attainment of your goals, but you have no control over the results of your actions. Learning from your mistakes means using them to promote growth and self-improvement. Be innovative. Think outside the box and try again until you succeed.
This philosophy guided Thomas Edison in inventing the light bulb. He tried to get countless combinations of metals to glow as electricity before he discovered the right combination. His invention continues to illuminate the world today.
If you think, believe, dream and dare you can achieve any goal you desire.