It’s been said that you cannot teach a dog new tricks, but we also know that it’s a fallacy.
Here’s an example. Greyhounds that no longer are young enough to compete are placed in domestic situations as pets for people. They make exceptional pets. Their demeanor is genteel; their obedience is predictable. People, on the other hand, are a mixed bag of success when it comes to learning new things.
Some of the most intelligent and cogent people that ever lived would be thousands of years old should they be alive among us. That shouldn’t stop anyone from learning from them, however. Solomon, Socrates, Aristotle, and many others were some of the wisest people ever, and we can learn much from them. That is if we are present enough to realize that we don’t know very much beyond what we have learned in school.
Here is some ancient wisdom that is quite poignant…
“If you do not change direction you may end up where you are heading.” – Lao Tzu, Chinese philosopher, and poet
“Whoever walks with the wise will become wise, but the companion of fools suffers harm.” – Solomon, second King of Israel 990-931 BC
“We become just by performing just action, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave action.” – Aristotle
“Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.” – Socrates
“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.” -Sun Tzu
And some not so ancient…
“Timid salespeople have skinny kids.” -Zig Ziglar
“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn, or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.” – Dennis Waitley
“People who ask confidently get more than those who are hesitant and uncertain. When you’ve figured out what you want to ask for, do it with certainty, boldness, and confidence.” ― Jack Canfield
“Character is a quality that embodies many important traits, such as integrity, courage, perseverance, confidence, and wisdom. Unlike your fingerprints that you are born with and can’t change, character is something that you create within yourself and must take responsibility for changing.” – Jim Rohn
Belief if One’s Self
I share all of these tenets because I believe in each of them as a means to self-improvement, enlightenment, and wisdom itself. Some are clear and others require a bit of introspection. We all have within us everything necessary to achieve greatness. Take it upon yourself to grow in the belief that you can achieve more than you can imagine if you dedicate the time, energy, physical and mental resources to accomplish whatever it is you dream.
If you are deep in the weeds of uncertainty about choices you’ve made concerning your future, it’s time to take a step back and re-evaluate your wishes, dreams, desires and goals.
Take to heart the wisdom of those who came before us and ponder what it means to you in today’s world. There are messages everywhere about moving forward in these times of uncertainty. Take the time to review, relate and respond with resolve.
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