To Be A Success In 1996

The following was printed in the Omaha World-Herald newspaper of Omaha, Nebraska USA on Sunday, August 18, 1996, in the Entertainment Magazine Page 9.
This was reprinted on Sunday, October 13, 1996, in the Entertainment Magazine.

by Dan Boeckman
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Omaha, Nebraska USA

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What does it mean to be a success in 1996? Who is a success? Is it people on TV, like Barbara Walters? Is it people who are powerful leaders, like Bill Clinton? Is it those who have wealth, like Bill Gates? Is it the musically gifted, like Mariah Carey? Is it those who help others, like Mother Teresa? Is it people who coach winning teams, like Tom Osborne?

Can a homeless person be a success?

A successful person sets goals. Write down your goals. Check them daily. This sets the direction for your life.

To be a success you must be thoughtful. You should think of others. Be aware of the needs of those around you.

A successful person is patient. Take the time to do tasks well. If you are ahead of someone, help them in their journey. Invest your time in other's lives.

A successful person listens. Make an effort to concentrate on what others have to say to you. Be present to that one person.

A successful person forgives. If you have been hurt by someone, you must forgive them.

A successful person admits when they are wrong. You must apologize, if you screw up at work or home or school or anywhere or anytime. Learn from your mistakes.

To be a success you must be honest. You need to tell the truth. You should be someone that others can believe in.

To be a success you must be dependable. You should be a person of your word. Be faithful with your commitments to others.

A successful person is dependent on others. You need others to help you be a success. You need to be a member of a team. The classic example of this is Apollo 13.

To be a successful person you must have friends. You need to spend time with people. Share your life with others; laugh and cry with them. Hold someone's hand.

A successful person changes the course of history. Make the world a better place.

A successful person prays every day. Ask God to make you a success. Ask for direction on what to do with your life. There is a reason why you are alive today.

A successful person has followers. People will want to be like you and follow in your footsteps.

A successful person is positive. You are glad to be alive. You say positive words to others. Give sincere compliments. Make someone's day!

To be a success you must use the talents that God has given you. If you have a beautiful voice, sing. If you can lead, show others the way. If you can give someone a hug, love. If you can speak, encourage. If you can teach, share your knowledge. If you understand, patiently explain things. If you can smile, make others happy. If you can give someone a 'high five', just do it! If you are on a team, contribute. If you are married, be faithful. Keep your promises. If you are a Dad or Mom, be a loving parent. If you understand medicine, heal the sick. If you're in school, study. If you can grow things, feed the hungry. If you have money, buy a gift. If you have many things, give some away. If you can pick up one piece of paper per day around your neighborhood, do it.

One successful person that lived 2,000 years ago was a homeless man. He had little or no money. His name was Jesus. He taught us about how to be a success. He showed us what to do. He listened to people. He forgave people. He taught them what he knew. He loved them and fed them. He cried with them. He healed them. He gave sight to the blind. He raised people from the dead. He prayed. He was a leader. He stood up for the truth. He changed the course of history. He said, "I am the way, the truth and the life." He gave His life for what he believed. He rose from the dead and conquered death to give us eternal life. He has many followers. He said, "Follow me." Today ask Jesus to show you the way. Ask Him to forgive your mistakes. Ask Him to give you wisdom. Jesus' goal was to see that you achieve eternal life. Will you follow Jesus? You need to buy a Bible and read it. Start with the Gospel of Mark. Read one chapter a day. You need to be part of the team. Attend a Christian church every Sunday. You are not going to make it on your own.

To be a success is to make Heaven your goal.

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