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If we reflect for a while , all of us will bow our heads in shame . Aren't we guilty of saving our respect for the successful businessmen, the accomplished, the writer of genius, the movie stars and athletes who are idolized on the cover of so many magazines. They wrestle with the very same thoughts, doubts, anxieties and fears as we do. They were not superior people, they were human just like you, except that they were doers.

The desire to leave some mark behind became almost an obsession for most of them. It consume the and occupied every cell of their minds. Edison was inspired to manifest the visions he saw on the picture screen of his imagination into reality. Jonas Salk who discovered the polio vaccine, was inspired to help others from suffering from this dreaded affliction. And Maria Curie, the great Noble prize- winning scientist, was inspired to serve humanity through the discovery of radium. In the words of Helen Keller ,€ No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or open a new heaven to the human spirit.€

The world is transforming as people who were once willing to live ordinary lives now step out of their comfort zones to explore the wilderness of the extraordinary. Living life without a devotion to excellence dishonors the priceless gifts and talents that have been given to us by God. As Woodrow Wilson said, €you are not here to merely make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.€ Or as The Russian writer and moral philosopher Leo Tolstoy wrote: €Just imagine that the purpose of life is your happiness only €" then life becomes a cruel and senseless thing. You have to embrace the wisdom of humanity. Your intellect and your heart tell you that the meaning of life is to serve the force that sent you into the world. Then life becomes a joy.€

How inspired are you in your own life? Do you jump out of bed on Monday mornings or do you simply lie there with a sense of emptiness flooding through your body? If your level of inspiration is lower than you know it should be, read a good self help book or listen to a motivation audiocassette program. Spend a good hours studying the biography of one of your hero's. Start spending time with people who are passionate about what they are doing in their lives and dedicating to making the best out of their life. With good healthy dose of inspiration you will raise your life to a whole new plane of living.

Living Beyond Limits

To live your life to the fullest you must have vision. And the first step to becoming the person you want to be is identifying the traits of the person you want to be .In doing so, you will join the ranks of many of the most influential people of our time ranging from Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King jr., Nelson Mandela, Thomas Edison, Bill Gates to Steve Jobs. These were men who turned all things to gold -even time itself. As golf legend Ben Hogan said, €As you walk down the fairway of life, you must smell the roses, for you only get to play only one more round.€ We have been hardwired to do extraordinary things with our lives and presents exceptional gifts to the world. Martin Luther King jr. Said it well: €Everyone has the power for greatness.€ But we betray ourselves. We play small and timid with our lives. We buy into the belief system by which those around us teach us to govern our lives that says: €do not dare ,' €do not dream,' €do not shine or else you will stand out €" and fail.'

George Benard Shaw the famed English Dramatists was asked on his sick bed, What would you do if you could live your life over again?€ He reflected, then replied with a deep sigh: €I'd like to be the person I could have been but never was.€ I've written this article so that this will never be your regret. €Be not afraid of life,€ wrote William James Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.€ Do not wait until you are on your deathbed to realize the meaning of life and the precious role you have to play within it. I urge you to start looking at the bright side of things. Start thinking in a positive manner. We all have unlimited powers which unfortunately we have not learnt to tap and make use of. It a question of discovering ourselves. The crown of leadership are few, the followers move in throngs; if you would be a leader you must shun the drift- long .

Lets pause for a while and search our souls, and question what we have done in life to benefits our fellowmen? Today well lived makes everyday a dream of happiness. And every tomorrow vision of hope. Look well to this day.


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