Which End? (How To Have Success In Life)

The world is full of books on success.  Bloggers have written innumerable posts on success.

This is a post about success, and it features a recipe for success I heard from a professor at my alma mater many years ago.

It went something like this:  “When God created man He gave him two ends.  One to think with, and the other to sit upon.  And since that time a man’s success in life has been measured by just how much he uses the one over the other.”

We can define success in many ways.  Amazon lists 83,622 results when you search for the word “success” (and that is only a search of books!).  Obviously there is no shortage of material on the subject.

But I sort of like that pithy quote from that psychology professor.  There’s a no-holds barred understanding in it.

If you don’t use your mind, and get off your derrière, you’ll never really succeed at much.  Doesn’t have to apply to high salaried jobs, but it can.  It simply applies to life.  If we don’t use the wits we have been given, we’ll constantly be at the mercy of others.  We will continually view the world as against us.

If we use the minds we have, and exercise them well, the sky is the limit.

So?  Which is it with you?  Which end is winning?


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by Thad on March 26, 2012 · 8 comments

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  • http://www.mastertheartofsaving.com Jen @ Master the Art of Saving

    I think anybody can be successful, they just have to work toward it. :-)

    • http://www.thadthoughts.com Thad

      You are absolutely correct. It takes effort to succeed. Doesn’t matter what the goal, if you sit on your duff long enough you’ll fail to reach it!

  • http://www.chase-a-dream.com Karunesh @ chase-a-dream.com

    I agree! most important thing is to make an effort to succeed. You got to try hard to become successful. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.stepawayfromthemall.com Nick

    Haha! Love the quote Thad! (Says Nick, ironically sitting on my butt for the last four hours…). You need to put that on a poster and get those suckers up for sale here.

  • http://passiveincometoretire.com Corey @ Passive Income to Retire

    Agreed – another fine example is the obsessive use of TV. Too many people just float through life without actually thinking. It’s unfortunate.

    • http://www.thadthoughts.com Thad

      Isn’t that too true!

  • http://www.joyfulselfmanager.com Anthony Thompson

    So true, Thad! To succeed in life, we’ve got to get off our behinds, and make things happen. It doesn’t matter if it’s ours job, our marriages, our weight loss programs, or anything else. We’ve got to get up and go for it. It’s the only way that we’ll ever enjoy any kind of success.

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