What is the price of success?

Here is a little pop quiz for you. In 1923, who was:

  1. President of the largest steel company?
  2. President of the largest gas company?
  3. President of the New York Stock Exchange?
  4. The greatest wheat speculator?
  5. President of the Bank of International Settlement?
  6. The Great Bear of Wall Street?

These men were considered some of the world’s most successful in their day.

Now, 85 years later, the history book asks us if we know what ultimately became of them.

The answers:

  1. The president of the largest steel company, Charles Schwab, died a pauper.
  2. The president of the largest gas company, Edward Hopson, went insane.
  3. The president of the NYSE, Richard Whitney, was released from prison to die at home.
  4. The greatest wheat speculator, Arthur Cooger, died abroad, penniless.
  5. The president of the Bank of International Settlement, shot himself.
  6. The Great Bear of Wall Street, Cosabee Livermore, also committed suicide.

However, that same year in 1923, the PGA Champion and the winner of the most important golf tournament, the US Open, was Gene Sarazen.

What became of him?

He was healthy and played golf until he was 92, died in 1999 at the age of 95 and… he was financially secure at the time of his death.

So what’s the purpose of this little tale? Is it to play golf until you are 92? The answer is… only if that’s your passion.

The purpose of this message is to invite you to live life on your own terms. Life is too short to settle for less than your full potential.

 

To you Having It All,

John

If you could live your life over…

Hi Friends,

This is a short piece that was sent to me by one of my friends and clients Nandi Shastry, CEO of Brainy Betty (www.brainybetty.com).

Dr. Anthony Campolo, Professor of Sociology, Eastern College, St. Davids, Pennsylvania, shares the results of a survey where 50 people 95 years and older were asked: “If you could live your life over what would you do differently?” The answers surprised me. These old folks said that if they could live their lives over they would…

1. Reflect more.

These seniors said they would take the time to think about what was going on and live their lives along well-thought-out priorities. They would contemplate the meaning of life, family, work and much more.

2. Risk more.

These wonderful aged human beings said they would have taken more chances in life. If they could re-live their lives they wouldn’t be so scared to take risks. They would have developed more courage to venture out of their comfort zones.

3. Do things that would outlast them.

They wanted to know that their lives counted for something, that long after they left this world, somehow their impact would live on. We all can learn something from these people about setting goals.

Let’s take a moment to consider what they said as you set the course for your life.

To Having It All,

John