"Notes" of An Elder

To master your mind is to master your life. There is no more worthwhile pursuit.

Nothing in life is of any value unless it is shared with others.

"Notes" of An Elder is a depository of pertinent information, knowledge and wisdom. Available weekly will be an elder's "thinking menu" for your use. Enjoy this bounty.

  • You can't stop the rain, but you can make sure you've got the best and biggest umbrella.

  • Take risks to overcome obstacles and achieve great things. Taking risks usually means doing things differently in ways no one has tried.

  • If you surround yourself with happy people, you're more likely to be happy.

  • People who merely tell others what to do aren't leaders.

  • You spend the most time with yourself. It's important your inner dialogue is positive and encouraging.

  • Failure occurs only when people don't learn from their mistakes.

  • Revise your opinions when the evidence demands it.

  • No one needs to be a prisoner of bad habits.

  • Win or lose, you better be comfortable with taking responsibility for the consequences.

Four Freedoms

  • Freedom of Speech

  • Freedom of Worship

  • Freedom from Want

  • Freedom from Fear

  • Leaders envision a future that others cannot imagine.

  • Mindfulness means staying aware and focused.

  • What five adjectives would you want someone at your funeral to use to describe you?

  • A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you than you see in yourself and then helps bring that out.

  • You create your own heaven or hell.

  • To master your mind is to master your life. There is no more worthwhile pursuit.

  • Become your own best friend. Few people go out of their way to give themselves rewards and treats, so be generous with yourself.

  • No matter how bad things get, there is always a way.

  • Leadership is never solitary. It concerns and depends on other people.

  • Be the reason someone believes in good people.

Magic Request

Tell me one thing you think I should change.