Your perspective on the three Fs is everything. Which set of three would
you pick: Fans, Fame and Fortune, or Faith, Family and Friends?
The truth is, you can have both setsas long as you keep your life in balance.
As long as you focus on the important. As long as you truly understand the difference
between success and significance.
If you were to ask Donald Trump what is the meaning of success, he might say,
It is making a lot of money. If you were to ask the same question
of Ted Turner, he might say, It is building a media empire. Ask Hank
Aaron what is success, and hed say its beating Babe Ruths record.
Ask Albert Einstein, and hed have said it is unraveling the secrets
of the universe. Then pose the question to Mother Theresa, and shed have
said, Success is serving the poor and feeding the hungry in the back alleys
Success is hard to define. Likewise, wealth is difficult to define. What it really
is depends on your view of life, your purpose for it and your commitment to a
set of values. What good is it to win a ten-day, all-expenses-paid cruise to Tahiti
if you hate water and are bothered by the motion of a boat? What is heavenly to
one may be not so appealing to another.
Wealth, then, is a state of mind. And of heart. And of soul. It is living life
in balance. When you are spiritually, mentally, physically, economically, emotionally
and socially in balance, then you are a wealthy person. When you have someone
to love, somewhere good to be and something important to do, then you are a wealthy
person. When your view of the future is one filled with opportunity and promise,
and your reflection of the past is one framed with joy and gratitude, then you
are a wealthy person.
Of course, it is better to have money and ample resources to do what you want
to do when you want to do it. But you can have all the money in the world and
not feel wealthy. For me, having more money is better to the extent that I can
do more good with it, like give scholarships, double-tithe my income and plant
seeds of greatness in the lives of others.
Whats your perspective on the three Fs?
NIDO QUBEIN is one of the countrys most illustrious philanthropists
and businessmen. He is President of the National Speakers Association
and President of High Point University in High Point, NC.