We don’t always get the results we want.
I read that a few years ago a Ukrainian businessman bought a pager for each member of his staff as a New Year’s gift. He was returning from the store when the pagers caused him to wreck his car. Just as he was pulling up to his office, all 50 pagers on his back seat suddenly screeched. He was so frightened he let go of the steering wheel and the car plunged into a lamp post.
After he assessed the damage to his automobile, the businessman
turned his attention to the message on the pagers. It read,
“Congratulations on a successful purchase.” The company’s cheery
greeting didn’t create the customer satisfaction they were hoping
for. But if nothing else, it proved something significant: folks
notice your enthusiasm. And one way or another, they seem to respond
I’m drawn to people with passion — people who live their lives
fully and enthusiastically. As an insect is drawn to light, I am
drawn to their energy and vitality. I actually FEEL alive around
people who ARE alive. I want to be around them and hope that some of
their verve for living just may rub off on me.
Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) had a good idea about a new kind of
children’s book — one that contains lively illustrations, whacky
characters and humorous writing. His enthusiasm led him to write a
poem that became his first book. But it seemed that nobody wanted to
publish it. Seuss was passionate about his writing, but he realized
that an equal measure of enthusiasm and energy would be required if
his book were ever to be published. He untiredly peddled his
children’s book to over twenty publishers before one took a chance
on him. Having a great idea was not enough; his passion made the
If I were able to give my children any gift to sustain them in life,
I believe I might give them passion for what they do. For if they
can live from the heart, they will surely touch the sky.
— Steve GoodierShare on Facebook