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    Perpective....

    Yes another LONG..message...ya ya i know...but errr just wanted to share it with you guys )).... No biggie if you do not get to read it!

    For years, I've been doing interviews with senior citizens, asking them to look back over their lives and talk about
    what they've learned. I've conducted more than 1,000 interviews with people who were
    successful in their jobs, who retired from
    leading companies after distinguished careers. Almost without exception, when these older people look back, they say the same
    things -- things that are instructive and useful for the rest of us as we make decisions going forward in our lives.

    1. They say that if they could live their lives over again, they would be more
    reflective. They got so caught up in the doing, they say, that they often lost sight of the meaning. Usually it took a crisis for them to look at their lives in perspective and try to reestablish the context. Looking back, they wish they had stopped at regular intervals to look at the big picture.

    They also sounded a warning: Life picks up speed. The first half of your life is about getting prepared and getting established. Then time shifts gears. You hit the second half of your life, and everything moves faster. Days turn into weeks, weeks into months, and all of a sudden, you're 65 years old.

    Looking back, they say, you realize that time is the most precious currency in life. And as they got older, having time for reflection became even more important.

    2. If they could live their lives over again, they would take more risks. In relationships, they would have been more courageous. And
    in expressing their creative side, they would have taken more chances. I think it was Oliver Wendell Holmes who said, "Most of
    us go to our graves with our music still inside us." Many of these people felt that, despite of their successes, their music was
    still inside them. Almost all of them said that they felt most alive when they took risks. Just being busy from business made
    them numb. Aliveness came with learning, growing, stretching, exploring.

    3. If they could live their lives over again, they would understand what really gave them fulfillment. I call that the power of purpose: doing something that contributes to life, adding value to life beyond yourself. Purpose is always outside yourself, beyond your ego or your financial self-interest.

    We all want both success and fulfillment. Success is often measured in external ways, but there's an internal measure of success, and it's called fulfillment. Fulfillment comes from realizing your talents -- adding value and living by your values.
    Fulfillment comes from integrity, from being who you are and expressing who you are as fully as possible. It doesn't have to do
    with your job description or the specifics of your work. It has to do with how you bring your self to your work, regardless of what
    that work is.

    Soni





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