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The average person puts only 25% of their energy and ability into their work. The world takes its hat off to those who put in more than 50% of their capacity, and stands on its head for those few and far between souls who devote 100%.

Carnegie, Andrew, PD, 1913

—Andrew Carnegie (1913, by Theodore Marceau; Public domain)

…Upon first read, it may seem as though this Carnegie quote is at odds with how we are taught to live. After all, isn’t it important to have a “balanced” life, compartmentalizing our time between work, family, play, and (most importantly) worship? Absolutely, but that doesn’t take anything away from the singularity of focus leaders have toward their craft.

Two of my favorite examples are Walt Disney and Steve Jobs. Both of these souls dedicated themselves to their passion right up to the end. Walt Disney designed a plan for a new theme park in his mind, using the tiles on his hospital room ceiling as a sort of graph paper. Steve Jobs continued to lead his design teams at Apple right up until he could no longer physically travel.

Let’s talk about spirituality, the bedrock of our existence (whether we accept it or not). Carnegie, Disney, and Jobs could be ruthless leaders at times. In fact, there are certain characteristics of all three men we should pray to avoid. Jobs, in fact, shunned religion for virtually all of his life. But that doesn’t change the fact that all three accomplished great things by having an incredible level of focus on their calling. The role of a Higher Power working through us cannot be diminished simply because we do not accept that fact. Or, as C.S. Lewis so eloquently put it, “A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.”

So, let’s use the examples of Carnegie, Disney, and Jobs to give ourselves to the one passion that drives us, but with the understanding that we are simply tapping into God’s great power from within to accomplish great things. With that in mind, we can add an incredible component to our journey: Divine Happiness.

—MSH, Penn Wealth

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It is a general error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for their welfare.

NPG 655; Edmund Burke studio of Sir Joshua Reynolds

— Edmund Burke (1771, by Joshua Reynolds; Public Domain)

…God bless the men and women who get up every day and do the work needed to better themselves and their families. They move forward without complaint, no matter how difficult the task at hand. They have neither the time nor the inclination to join in the mob mentality; instead, they take full responsibility for where they are in life, and move forward with a steely determination, taking comfort in the fact that their Creator is always there with them.

—MSH, Penn Wealth

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We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.

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— T.S. Eliot

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A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.

Hubbard, Elbert

—Elbert Hubbard

…with the realization that all is possible through the flow of God’s unconditional and incalculable power.

MSH

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A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.

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—C.S. Lewis

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Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!

Patrick Henry

—Patrick Henry

 

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