“Be careful to leave your children well instructed rather than rich, for the hopes of the instructed are better than the wealth of the ignorant.” – Epictetus
We have all seen it. The person we knew who had everything given to them, they didn’t seem to understand the value of anything did they? It’s a known fact that one of the best ways to ruin a small business is to pass it down to one of the owner’s children. Why is that? Because it is impossible to understand and appreciate the amount of effort and responsibility required to build and maintain a business or any organization unless a person was involved. Like anything, we see the success but what we don’t see is the work, failure, and persistence that leads to the success.
It serves us and those involved with us better to live an example of being caught up in the process and less about the success. It helps to remember that a huge part of success and failure have more to do with external forces outside of our control than they do with things we can actually affect. Instead, we should focus on getting ourselves better at whatever we are trying to be successful with. We should quietly go about improving our abilities, our perspective, and most importantly our attitude.
With a little luck, our quiet example will be followed by the people in life we most hope to influence.
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