By Ross Kentner
I find in these testy times that it+?G??G??s good to remember that most successful people have had their trials and tribulations. It+?G??G??s good to remember that most of them left a line or two of sage advice. When we are told that we are in a global meltdown and we should be shaking in our boots, just think of what Ralph Waldo Emerson said:
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
I think we are at a tipping point in history and that Tony Blair captured the essence of it when he said:
"If we are going to carry on growing, and we will, because no country is going to forfeit its right to economic growth, we have to find a way of doing it sustainably."
Here are two quotes from George Bernard Shaw that really speak to these times:
You may say that+?G??G??s all well and good but what if what you created has been taken away? Fair enough. Aldous Huxley covered that when he said:
"Experience is not what happens to you; it is what you do with what happens to you."
In tough economic times, we+?G??G??re all concerned about our security, but hear this from blind and deaf Helen Keller:
"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing."
Some people think success is produced by an explosion of energy but according to Richard Lloyd Jones:
"Stability is more essential to success than brilliance."
Finally, Barack Obama is not the first U.S. President to speak eloquently. These words of Woodrow Wilson apply to today+?G??G??s economy too:
"You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand."