Being successful today

Hello, and welcome to “Who wants to be a Millionaire?” Sorry, no secrets to becoming an overnight monetary and celebrity success. I’ll leave those stories to Hollywood. But what do we learn and how do we use it? That’s the theme today.  Because it’s not just knowing, it’s doing and applying what we know. That’s called applying your learning. So how does that happen?

Many ways although it seems like we often repeat some of our mistakes over and over.   Why is that?  A lot of it is due to what society “values,” whether real (work hard and build up to success) or not (fame, good looks  and celebrity status is what’s  important).  We keep getting sidetracked by the fleeting, instant fame of the reality or quiz show contestant versus the do it yourself  side.  And this sidetracking can keep us from applying and heeding real lessons learned.

So where are those lessons?  Work hard.  Do what you’re asked to do and more.  Do it to the best of your ability.  Admit a mistake when you make it and learn from it, don’t do it again.  Help others along the way.   Be ethical.    Do it with a positive attitude.  Don’t cut corners.    Ask for help yourself when you need it.  Don’t talk about others, or hurt others, behind their backs.   Be honest and caring.  These concepts are often called the golden rule: Do unto others as you would like them to do unto you.

The rules are simple to learn, simple to use, easy to do.  What’s the catch?  It takes time.  It doesn’t happen overnight. It’s not a get rich quick scheme, but a life well-lived one.  And it uses what you’ve learned to continue to grow, work, and be ready to take on new tasks and chellenges.

We’re in for some hard times the next few years.   The economy is a mess around the world.  It’s more important than ever that you do all you can to ensure your success today, tomorrow and in the future through hard work, applying your learning, and as they say in Scouts, doing your best.


About hprager

Father, husband, brother and son. Delighted to be friends and mentor to so many wonderful people. Passionate about: leadership, learning and development, education, nature and the environment, youth, music, jazz, the tuba, Israeli dancing, networking and helping others, humor, laughter, swimming, hiking, the Cubs, Northwestern athletics, theater, musicals, concerts, traveling and making new friends wherever I go. Helping the world be a better place when I leave it.
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