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Inspiration for a Meaningful Life
You do not have to be rich and famous to be great. All you need to do is follow a few principles, which will shape your “ordinary” life into a great one.
About Stephen R. CoveyStephen R. Covey is a writer who established himself as one of the most excellent businessmen, philosophers, theorists, and speakers of the 20th century.
"Everyday Greatness Summary"To be great does not mean to be rich, powerful or world famous.
Great people are not always those who are in the public eye and those who seem successful. In fact, many rich people are not great if you look at them closely.
Greatness is defined by three values: integrity, dignity, and courage.
It can belong to every ordinary person in this big world, who lives following these principles.
Life is not easy, and it is not supposed to be. This world is made for the courageous and dedicated.
You will never set a foot forward if you do not stop being afraid and if you do not stop procrastinating, for whatever reason you are doing it.
Do not just make the decision to act, but act at the very moment. The action is what will differentiate you from all others who only wish to follow their passion and dreams, without really taking the plunge.
While we are at it, you probably already know, but let us remind you of how important dreams are. Your vision has the power of coloring this world and your reality.
Without it, life is dull and grey, and beauty can be found nowhere. With it, on the other hand, every seemingly insignificant experience has the potential of growing into something beautiful.
So, carefully choose what thoughts and acts you feed yourself with, and surround yourself with people who are a reflection of what you want to become.
In “Everyday Greatness” you will find a collection of stories, quotes, and wise thoughts which will show you how the principles of dedication, selfless giving, following your dream, taking command and finding people to team up with shape your greatness.
Key Lessons from “Everyday Greatness”1. “The Choice to Act” 2. “The Choice of Purpose” 3. “The Choice of Principles”
“The Choice to Act”Life is a collection of random events that are beyond your control. Any try to control them is bound to end up as a failure.
However, the randomness of events and situation does not mean that you should give up all your control.
What you should do is choose how you respond to what happens around you.
“The Choice of Purpose”Deciding that you will act is not enough.
All people make those decisions at all times. What can set you different is following up on what you believe in. The action is the only thing that will keep you closer to your long-term goals.
“The Choice of Principles”All people function following the following universal principles: “vision,
innovation, humility, quality, empathy, magnanimity, perseverance and balance.”
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