A little book by Chris Widener, with the title of Solomon’s wisdom above, says that guarding your heart is the single most important lesson for achieving, sustaining and enjoying success.
How is your heart? Do you guard it? At the core of who you are, what you do, and of your very life, is your heart. How is it?
”...for it is the wellspring of life.”
An extraordinary heart and extraordinary people are very uncommon.
“If You Want to Live an Extraordinary Life, you need to give up a Normal One.” ~ Darren Hardy
“If you want to live an Extraordinary Life, you have to give up many of the things that are part of a Normal One.” - Srinivas Rao
Before you become aware and begin to guard your heart, you can spend time with just about anyone. You can eat whatever you like. As Darren Hardy says, “You can justify activities and behaviors that are, frankly, mediocre.”
But as you become more aware, you realize you want to and need to change.
This is guarding your heart. This is becoming. This is the road to extraordinary. Will you choose it?
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Yes, you are indeed. If you awoke this morning, to life, you are in the school of life.
Remember your teachers - favs and not? Remember the substitutes? Sometimes they were nice and easier than your regular teacher, and sometimes they were awful.
And your regular teachers… I remember my fourth grade teacher was my favorite - sweet, kind, ice cream every Thursday afternoon, and learning was wonderful with her! Then there was Mr. Hightower - he was a hard teacher.
Your life school has a hard teacher; his name is Experience. He gives the test first, and the lesson afterwards. No curve.
If you aren’t having challenges, pain, hardships along your schooling, you might want to ask, “God, don’t you trust me? I’m enrolled; I’m ready.” Because in these hard teachers and tests, comes your education in the School of Greatness.
On your way to Great, say thank you frequently. Double major in Greatness and Gratefulness.
Love you, Classmate,
Dr Chris Baker
Dr. Chris Baker is Past President of the American Orthodontic Society, a pediatric dentist and teacher of orthodontics, An author, dental practice consultant, mentor, and a current or former faculty member of three U.S. dental schools, Dr Chris practices and blogs in beautiful Abu Dhabi, UAE, and glorious Texas, USA.
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