… that today is Greek Philosopher’s Day? Plato, one of the great Greek philosophers and author of The Republic and other books, was born on May 21, 429 B.C. He is considered to be one of the world’s best known and most widely read and studied philosophers.
Today’s Inspirational Quote:
“Apply yourself both now and in the next life. Without effort, you cannot be prosperous. Though the land be good, you cannot have an abundant crop without cultivation.”
There is an eloquence in true enthusiasm.Washington IrvingThis line comes from Washington Irving’s short story “The Adventure of the German Student,” which is actually a pretty dark and ghostly tale. But these words come at a joyful time in the story. The main character has just met a woman and immediately falls in love with her; at this moment he is explaining how he plans to take care of her. His earnest enthusiasm wins her over, and it’s a lesson to take to heart. Time and again, when we let our joy and passion shine through, we’re rewarded with happiness.
I’m writing to confirm what you are seeing every time you get gas or go to the grocery store — inflation has exploded over the past 90 days! The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported the biggest jump in consumer prices that we have witnessed in 13 years.Look at these price increases from April 2020 to April 2021:Gasoline (all types)49.6%Natural gas12.1%Bacon10.7%Care of invalids and elderly at home9.1%Citrus Fruit7.8%Motor vehicle insurance6.1%I’ve never seen anything like this in the 26 years that I’ve been following the consumer price index. This inflation spike occurred at the same time Social Security recipients have been scraping by on a 1.3% cost of living adjustment increase in 2021. According to our most recent survey benefits increased by just $20 per month, but 86% of you report that your monthly expenses have gone up by a lot more than that. Forty percent of you say your expenses rose by more than $120 per month.Your retirement savings won’t buy anywhere near what you were able to buy even in January of this year! You wind up spending down your retirement savings faster, borrowing more, or in the case of many retirees — going without essentials.It is urgent that you contact Representative John Larson, chairman of the Social Security Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee.Thank him for his faithful support of Social Security and urge him to re-introduce his Social Security 2100 benefit boost bill right away because the increases in prices we have experienced in the past 90 days are causing a severe strain on seniors like you.His Social Security 2100 bill would not only boost benefits by about $30 per month, it would better protect against inflation, protect low earning workers at retirement, cut taxes for beneficiaries, and strengthen the Social Security Trust Fund. We urgently need him to take the lead once again on behalf of all of America’s seniors.”Contact United States Representative John Larson toll free (the call will be paid for by The Senior Citizens League) at 844-455-0045, and tell his office: Reintroduce the Social Security 2100 Act TODAY!“Sincerely
, Rick Delaney Board Chairman The Senior Citizens League
FilialFIL-yəlPart of speech: adjectiveOrigin: Middle English, mid 14th century
1Of or due from a son or daughter.
Examples of Filial in a sentence “Anna’s filial duties included driving her parents to the doctor’s office every week.” “Anthony couldn’t help but feel an almost filial obligation to help Mr. Jenkins out.”
Psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler Ross on how beautiful people are made:
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
Author T.H. White on learning as a cure for sadness:
“The best thing for being sad… is to learn something. That is the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honor trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting.”
… that today is Are You Somebody Day? This day celebrates all of us who are good but not yet “somebody.” It doesn’t matter – celebrate you as you. Make a list of what you do, what you have done, and what you want to do. Build your self-esteem!
Today’s Inspirational Quote:
“If you’re always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.”
My mission is simple. I want to help successful people achieve positive, lasting change in behavior; for themselves, their people, and their teams. I want to help you make your life a little better. Thank you for subscribing! Life is good.
If you’ve read my best-selling book, What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, you know that most of us are successful in spite of certain behaviors. For instance, most highly successful people have the bad habit of Winning Too Much.
Winning too much is the #1 challenge for most people, because it underlies nearly every other behavioral problem. If we argue too much, it’s because we want our view to prevail (in other words we want to win). If we put other people down, it’s our way to position them beneath us (again, winning). If we withhold information, it’s to gain an edge over others. If we play favorites, it’s to gain allies so “our side” has an advantage. Our obsession with winning crosses the spectrum of our lives. It’s not just an issue in our professional lives, it works its way into our personal lives as well. It is incredibly difficult for smart, successful people not to constantly win.
Another classic behavioral challenge of smart, successful people is Adding Too Much Value. This bad habit can be defined as the overwhelming desire to add our two cents to every discussion. A slight variation on Winning Too Much, Adding Too Much Value is common among leaders who are used to running the show. It is extremely difficult for successful people to listen to other people tell them something that they already know without communicating somehow that (a) they already knew it and (b) they know a better way.
These are just a couple of the behaviors that the most successful leaders I know work on to become even better. A lot of leaders choose to forego change, believing that they are “successful enough” and that change therefore isn’t necessary.
What makes the most highly successful leaders different is what makes them some of the greatest leaders in history. I believe there are three characteristics that differentiate good leaders from great leaders.
The first thing successful people do is have Courage. Great leaders have the courage to get feedback and to look at themselves in the mirror, honestly. This isn’t an easy task. To truly look at yourself and to ask for, accept, and act on feedback you receive from others, you have to have courage.
The second thing successful people do is have Humility. If you’re going to get better, then that means you probably don’t think you’re perfect. This is a great place to start. Think about it. It is very hard for perfect people to get better! For someone to change, he or she first has to have the humility to admit there is room for improvement.
The third and final thing that great leaders do is they have Discipline. To be a great leader, you have to have the discipline to follow up and do the hard work to keep getting better.
There you have it: the three must-have characteristics of very great leaders: Courage, Humility, and Discipline. Are you a great leader? Do you know a great leader? How would you describe a great leader? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
The Most Famous Things Winston Churchill Never Said
April 7, 2021
Winston Churchill is one of the most influential people to ever hold the office of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He came to power in the darkest days of World War II and rallied Britain with his profound oratorical skill.
According to Churchill’s own account of his childhood, his was an unlikely rise to power. A slow learner, he never mastered Latin, which was considered a necessary part of education at the time. Instead, as he said, “I got into my bones the essential structure of the ordinary British sentence, which is a noble thing.” His sentences would serve him well in his career — and even move nations.
Churchill’s lonely childhood turned into a source of strength for him as a young man. He reflected, “Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.” He read books to make up for his patchy education, and one of his favorite things to do was read quotations. “It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations,” Churchill said. “The quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts.” His love of old books formed the basis of his mastery of English. In particular, historian Edward Gibbon’s series The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, with its soaring phrases and elegant style, entered Churchill’s mind and shaped his future work.
The eloquent, rousing speeches Churchill made during the war were among the reasons he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953. His fame for wit, however, also made him a magnet for misquotation. For years, whenever someone heard a clever saying it was easy to claim it as another one of Churchill’s quips. In fact, misquoting Churchill was so common, the very phenomenon of crediting famous figures with someone else’s words was dubbed “Churchillian drift.” To set the record straight, the International Churchill Society compiled a long list of quotes falsely attributed to the former prime minister. Here are 10 of the most famous things Churchill never actually said.
Success consists of going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm. – Found nowhere in Churchill’s writings, and often attributed to Abraham Lincoln, also without verification
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. – First appeared in the works of Victor Hugo in 1845
Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it. – A lovely metaphor often credited to Churchill, but actually written by author and critic John Neal in 1846
This is the sort of English up with which I will not put. – A supposed comment on a complexly worded memorandum, but with no link to Churchill
The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. – This classic Churchill misquote may have originated with English politician Bertram Carr in 1919
A good speech should be like a woman’s skirt: long enough to cover the subject and short enough to create interest. – First quoted in 1920 but with no attribution (Churchill’s jokes tended to avoid what he considered smut)
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter. – Found nowhere in Churchill’s works, and unlike his other statements championing democracy
Americans will always do the right thing — after exhausting all the alternatives. – Churchill may have shared the sentiment, but there’s no evidence linking him to this cheeky quote
If you’re not a liberal when you’re 25, you have no heart. If you’re not a conservative by the time you’re 35, you have no brain.
– Unlikely to be Churchill as he was a conservative when young but switched to the Liberal party aged 30
The heaviest cross I have to bear is the Cross of Lorraine.
– Referring to working with French leader Charles de Gaulle. Churchill denied saying it, but added “I’m sorry I didn’t, because it was quite witty and so true!”
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About the Author
Ben Gazur is a freelance writer, historian, and folklorist.
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