Since my teenage years, I have been fascinated with famous and
extraordinary people—great achievers in all walks of life. I love to
watch them being interviewed. I love to watch footage of their
day-to-day lives. One thing that has always struck me, and I do not
consider it in the slightest way to be coincidental, is that great men
and women always believed that they were destined to be great.
From this day on, begin to foster a belief that you were born for a
reason, and although you may not have yet discovered the specifics
of that reason, you are being prepared to fulfill it in every moment.
In general terms, you know that your essential purpose is to
grow, change, develop, and become the-best-version-of-yourself.
The details are simply that, the details. It is this process of growth
that makes life interesting, exciting, rewarding, and fulfilling.
Dedication to this process of growth is greatness. Greatness should
never be confused with fame, fortune, status, or power. These are
only passing illusions. Greatness is to become more fully your self
with each passing day.
A chance for greatness awaits you—your own chance at greatness—
and it will involve the unique and providential blend of
your needs, talents, and desires. The pursuit of your chance at
greatness will reveal you to your family, friends, colleagues, spouse,
children, and everyone who crosses your path. It is the attuning of
your personality. Life is a revelation of self. Life is an unfolding
story. Your life is your story. Life is a gift to you and for you—and
yet, in a paradoxical but complementary way, it is also your chance
to serve your neighbor, to touch and enrich the lives of others, and
to make a difference in this sometimes weary world. This is the
mystery of God—to lead you toward your perfection and fulfillment,
while at the same time using your journey to lead others toward
their perfection and fulfillment.
From The Rhythm of Life
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