Ida and David both wanted all their sons to graduate from college. They knew their boys would have to pay their own way since David never made more than $150 a month. Still, they encouraged their sons to achieve all they could. Arthur, however, went directly from high school to a job. Edgar began studying law. When Dwight graduated, he didn't have a goal in mind, so he and Ed made a pact: Dwight would work two years while Ed studied, sending Ed as much as he could, and then they would reverse the arrangement. While working, Dwight found an opportunity that appealed to him more than college - West Point.
Both Ida and David were crushed by Dwight's decision. Ida was deeply convinced that soldering was wicked. Still, all she ever said to him was, "It is your choice." David also remained silent, allowing his adult son full freedom to forge his own adult future. Yes, Ida and David wisely held their tongues - but they never withheld their applause, especially on the day their son, General Dwight Eisenhower, became President of the United States of America.
Unconditional love is loving a child no matter what... we expect him to be , and most difficult, no matter how he acts.
And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers.
A man who had been quite successful in the manufacturing business decided to retire. He called in his son to tell him of his decision, saying, "Son, it's all yours as of the first of next month." The son, while eager to take over the firm and exert his own brand of leadership, also realized what a big responsibility he was facing. "I'd be grateful for any words of advise you have to give me," he said to his father.
The father advised, "Well, I've made a success of this business because of two principles: reliability and wisdom. First, take reliability. If you promise goods by the tenth of the month, no matter what happens, you must deliver by the tenth. Your customers won't understand any delay. They'll see a delay as failure. So, even if it costs you overtime, double time, golden time, you must delivery on your promise."
The son mulled this over for a few moments and then asked, "And wisdom?" The father shot back: "Wisdom is never making such a stupid promise in the first place."
Weight carefully your ability to back up your words with evidence, and your ability to deliver on your promises before you make them. A large part of your reputation is your ability to keep your word.
One-half the trouble of this life can be traced to saying yes too quick, and not saying no soon enough.
Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him.
On a bitter cold Virginia evening, and old man waited on a path by a river, hoping for someone on a horse to carry him across. His beard was glazed with frost and his body grew numb before he finally heard the thunder of horses' hooves. Anxiously he watched as several horsemen appeared. He let the first pass by without making an effort to get his attention, then another and another. Finally, only one rider remained. As he drew near, the old man caught his eye and asked, "Sir, would you mind giving me a ride to the other side?"
The rider helped the man onto his horse and, sensing he was half-frozen, decided to take him all the way home, which was several miles out ot the way. As they rode, the horseman asked, "Why didn't you ask one of the other men to help you? I was the last one. What if I had refused?" The old man said, "I've been around a while, son, and I know people pretty well. When I looked into their eyes and saw they had no concern for my condition, I knew it was useless to ask. When I looked into your eyes, I saw kindness and compassion."
At the door of the old man's house the rider resolved, "May I never get too busy in my own affairs that I fail to respond to the needs of others." And with that, Thomas Jefferson turned and directed his horse back to the White House.
People don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care...about them.
And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
1 Corinthians 13:2
Joseph Strauss was the engineer responsible for building the Golden Gate Bridge. He took great pride in his achievement, not only because the bridge was one of the most beautiful in the world but because it was the safest. Strauss had heard all his life that "a bridge demands its life." At that time, one death for every million dollars spent was the norm for the building of bridges. Strauss determined to beat that expectation.
Strauss took to heart the problems experienced by the Oakland Bay Bridge builder who were working at the same time. He put a doctor and nurse on the construction wharf. When his suspicions about lead poisoning were confirmed, he change from lead to iron oxide paint on the tower splices. He insisted on safety belts, hard hats, and goggles. He even put his "bridge monkeys" on special diets in hopes helping them counteract dizziness and vertigo. He fired men who drank on the job or who were reckless showoffs. And, he spent $82,000 on a safety net that eventually saved the lives of nineteen men.
Although unavoidable accidents did claim lives, Strauss' bridge went for 44 months in construction with no deaths -----a phenomenal record -----all because he rejected negative expectations and became a wise example.
Learn by experience ----- preferably other people's.
All these things happened to them as examples -- as object lessons to us -- to warn us against doing the same things.
I Corinthians 10:11
Eight of the most powerful money magnates in the world gathered for a meeting at the Edgewater Beach Hotel in Chicago, Illinois, in 1923. The combined resources and assets of these eight men tallied more than the U.S. Treasury that year. In the group were Charles Schwab, president of a steel company, Richard Whitney, president of the New York Stock Exchange, and Arthur Cutton, a wheat speculator. Albert Fall was a presidential cabinet member, a personally wealthy man. Jesse Livermore was the greatest Wall Street "bear" in his generation. Leon Fraser was the president of the International Bank of Settlements, and Ivan Krueger headed the largest monopoly in the nation. An impressive gathering of financial eagles!.
What happened to these men in later years? Schwab died penniless. Whitney served a life sentence in Sing Sing Prison. Cutton became insolvent. Fall was pardoned from a federal prison so he might die at home. Fraser, Livermore, and Krueger committed suicide. Seven of these eight extremely rich men had lives that turned out disastrous.
Trust in yourself and you are doomed to disappointment; trust in money and you may have it taken from you ... but trust in God, you are never to be confounded in time or eternity.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.