A Matter of Sight and Insight

Written by John Harricharan


I want to tell you a little story. It happened during my first year in college. I was sitting in my room, late one night, studying for a chemistry test.

Tests seemed to be a major part of my life in those days. I longed forrepparttar time when I would never have to take another quiz, study for one more test or awaitrepparttar 149587 results of final exams.

I took a break fromrepparttar 149588 chemistry book to reflect onrepparttar 149589 injustices of life. The food inrepparttar 149590 cafeteria seemed designed for nutrition and not enjoyment. The professors were unfair, so many projects, too much homework, too little time, too much this and too little that.

Shaking my head, I reached for a book a frien*d had dropped offrepparttar 149591 day before, leaned back in my chair, and switched my attention away from studying, at least for a short while. I looked atrepparttar 149592 title ofrepparttar 149593 book. It was "The Night They Burnedrepparttar 149594 Mountain," by Dr. Thomas Anthony Dooley.

I casually flipped it open and thought I'd skim a few pages. My eyes settled on a sentence that was to determine, to a great extent,repparttar 149595 path my life would take. The words read, "It's better to light one candle than to curserepparttar 149596 darkness."

I looked once more atrepparttar 149597 words. They seemed to burn into my mind. I closedrepparttar 149598 book, went back to studying for another hour or so and then went to bed.

Before falling asleep, I looked at my professors in a different light. Instead of seeing them as demons intent on making my life miserable, I now saw them as dedicated teachers trying to impart their knowledge and wisdom to me. Perhapsrepparttar 149599 cafeteria food was not so bad after all. Tests were there so that we could measure ourselves of today against ourselves of yesterday.

What Dr. Dooley said to me on that night long ago was this: Bring light intorepparttar 149600 situation, don't beraterepparttar 149601 darkness; be grateful for what you have, don't be angry at what you don't have; changerepparttar 149602 way you look at events andrepparttar 149603 events will changerepparttar 149604 way they appear to you.

Create Your Own Luck

Written by Josh Hinds


I find it particularly disheartening when I hear someone refer to a personís success and achievements as simply luck. Or even worse... dumb luck.

The word luck implies thatrepparttar person had very little to do withrepparttar 149452 positive outcome they are currently enjoying. In fact, it even conjures uprepparttar 149453 idea that someone that is enjoying their success could have as easily achievedrepparttar 149454 result from doing something as simple as going torepparttar 149455 local store and purchasing a lottery ticket and hoping forrepparttar 149456 best.

The reality is that "luck" in and of itself in virtually allrepparttar 149457 cases of those where one might define a person as being successful had little if anything to do with it.

Very often,repparttar 149458 exact opposite is true. One can easily find countless examples whererepparttar 149459 ingredients of being action oriented, and persistent had much more to do withrepparttar 149460 attainment and rewards these people are enjoying.

Assuming that you agree with me thatrepparttar 149461 word "luck" by itself has very little to do with what it truly takes to be successful in ones ventures -- why is it that all to often we don't associaterepparttar 149462 true ingredients when discussingrepparttar 149463 success of others?

Rather then use words such as lucky, why don't we instead celebraterepparttar 149464 fact thatrepparttar 149465 person in question worked hard, put forthrepparttar 149466 ample effort and is being rewarded for all that went into getting them to where they are now.

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