Many years ago I made a very interesting observation which has proved to be very beneficial. The world’s most powerful, successful, service-oriented individuals frequently quote others who have gone down in history as having made a difference. Kennedy would quote Lincoln, or Churchill would quote Aristotle. As I observed and thought about this golden thread which ran through their lives, I realized to quote leaders of the past, they must have studied what these leaders had said or done.
They were attempting to learn something from advice which was offered by great men and women who had proved they knew what they were talking about. Because I had a desire to emulate many of these achievers, I began to study their lives and the advice they gave us. If you are not doing this now, you might try it.
During the second World War, General Paton studied the life and philosophy of his opponent, Field Marshall Rommell who commanded enemy forces. It paid off for Paton. He defeated his opponent, better known as The Desert Fox.
Every one of the giants had taken the advice of Harry Emerson Fosdick who said, No horse gets anywhere until it is harnessed. No steam or gas ever drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is channelled. And, no life ever grows great until it is focussed,dedicated and disciplined.
Mentally play with that quote for a while and you will learn something. Internalize Fosdick’s advice and act on it and you will realize just howeffective you can become. You certainly will not go down in history as an also ran.
Try it and see what happens!