"Happiness is not pleasure.  It is victory."  

There's much truth in the above statement. Happiness, it is safe to assume, is something everybody wants to have.  It's true that other people can give you pleasure, but you will never be happy until you do things for other people.  Nothing brings us more joy and happiness than doing things for others which increases their enjoyment of life. Incidentally, happiness is not something you can buy with money, though it is true that an adequate amount of money helps us to eliminate some of the things which produce discomfort.

I frequently use the phrase, "You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want."  Here's a story that validates this in an interesting and life-saving way.

Most people would agree that the loss of both arms for a three-year-old would be a tragedy beyond belief, and it is tragic.  That's what happened to Jon Paul Blenke.  He and his parents quickly accepted the fact that he would be without his arms for the rest of his life and decided to adapt and use what was left and not moan about what was lost.  

Albert Einstein said, "It is essential that the student acquire an understanding of and a lively feeling for values.  He must acquire a vivid sense of the beautiful and of the morally good, otherwise he -- with a specialized knowledge -- more closely resembles a well-trained dog than a harmoniously developed person."  Daniel Webster said, "Knowledge does not comprise all which is contained in the large term of education.

If you want to feel rich, just count all the things money can't buy.  If you removed the rocks, the brook would lose its song.  There are hundreds of languages in the world, but a smile speaks all of them.  One thing you can give and still keep is your word.  We're all faced with a series of great opportunities, brilliantly disguised as "impossible situations."  If we fill our hours with regrets over the failures of yesterday, and worries over the problems of tomorrow, we have no time in which to be thankful for the laughter and the sunshine, the love and the joy of today.

One of the most moving experiences of my life took place on September 13, 1997, when I was autographing books. One lady who asked for an autograph had such a compelling expression on her face that I knew I had to listen carefully to what she had to say. She shared with me that when she got the self-talk card that was included in one of my audiotape programs, she couldn't even read the first list of qualities that she was supposed to claim. 


Many of us use the acorn-to-oak-tree analogy to point out that it is not where you start but where you go that counts.  For the oak tree to grow from the acorn, the acorn needs rich soil in which to germinate, regular amounts of nourishing, refreshing water, as well as the warmth of the sun and perhaps gentle breezes from time to time.

It’s the first Christmas I can remember. It arrived just seven weeks after the deaths of my father and baby sister. To make matters worse, it was in the heart of the Great Depression. Things were tough. All of us children who were older made what income contributions we could, but the truth was my mother had eight of her eleven remaining children still living at home, and six were too young to work. Understandably, the Ziglar kids were concerned about what kind of Christmas it would be!

What is legacy?  My own definition is this:  The sum total of changed lives and their impact on others from generation to generation.  Said another way, our legacy is simply who we influence, and who they influence, and so on and so on.  This means that all of us are creating our legacy every day.  Yes, what we say and what we do really does matter, and will matter for generations to come.
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