Invest don’t Consume

I came across this article and I find it fascinating to share it with you its quite important for us to take some wisdom from it and apply it to our own life. This is an excerpt from rich’s June 7 commencement speech north central university. It thus says: Successful people brim with energy. Have you noticed that? The lucky ones are born that way, but most of us need to cultivate it. So let me ask you: How are your energy and health? Are you fit enough for the climb ahead? Google “triangle of health” and you’ll find the answers. The triangle is a very easy-to-understand guide to balanced health. The first side of the triangle is physical health. We all know what that means. If you don’t, look in the mirror. Maybe a full-length mirror, while you’re naked. Yikes! Invest in your physical health. Tolerate no excuses. Let nothing stand in the way. Eat wisely, exercise. Get enough sleep. That’s it—no fads required. So simple you might miss it. Just do it. This 21st-century economy requires tremendous amounts of energy. To succeed, you must maximize whatever God-given health you have. Think of yourself as a business athlete. The second side of the triangle is mental and emotional health. This one, let me tell you, is harder. Ask yourself: Is there any mental baggage holding me back? If there is, deal with it now; don’t wait. Find a priest. Find a shrink. Find a support group. Do whatever it takes. Personal story: I recently went to a former Hollywood actor for speech lessons. He advised me on how to breathe, how to stand, how to gesture. “Don’t scratch your butt,” he said. All of that helped. I think. Then we spent the next several sessions talking about mental baggage. Holy cow! We talked about fear, mainly. What makes us afraid? Perfectionism, perhaps? Fear that we’ll look bad? That we’ll suffer terrible humiliation if we fail? But what if our greatest fear is not a fear of failing but of succeeding? Maybe, deep down, we think some bully from our past is going to reappear and beat us silly if we dare to succeed. Or, sadly, we misinterpret the religious meaning of humility, as if God created us to be doormats. After all, who are we to succeed? We sabotage ourselves in dozens of ways. Confront these issues. Bring them out into the open and deal with them. Class of 2014, you’ve worked too hard and come too far to get tripped up now. After today you’ll be playing on a higher level. You can’t let mental baggage hold you back. The triangle’s third side is social health. Here’s a fact that might surprise you. Did you know that single men die 8 to 17 years earlier than married men? It turns out that being single isn’t the culprit. The culprit is isolation. Single men have a greater tendency to isolate themselves than do single women. They drink more, they drive worse, and they troll creepy websites. Social health matters greatly. So as you climb the mountain, don’t forget your social health. Cherish and nurture your key relationships—those with your spouse, your partner, your family, your friends. Stay away from creepy websites. Invest, Don’t Consume Every successful person I’ve ever met, from Warren Buffett to Bill Gates and from Pastor Rick Warren to rock singer Bono, looks at a dollar of money or a minute of time and thinks in terms of investing it, not consuming it. It’s remarkable how consistent this investment mind-set is among the very successful. Bill and Melinda Gates are now the world’s largest philanthropists. But they want—and expect—their billions of dollars to do something: save children from malaria, build cleaner water systems. Bill Gates is not about making himself feel better by giving money away. That would be for psychic consumption. He’s too disciplined for that. Gates is about investing for a return. Pastor Rick Warren decided he needed to lose weight and get ft. Subsequently, his fundamental view of food changed. Instead of consuming food to satisfy feeding desires— which all of us are prone to doing— Pastor Rick now invests in his body as if it were God’s temple, which he believes it is. Class of 2014, drop “consume” from your vocabulary. Never consume. Always invest. For you today I will say you should drop consumer from your vocabulary and add invest and if possible keep adding invest everyday [source: Forbes_USA_30 june_2014.pdf]

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