What really matters in life? Prada? “Bling?” iPhones, iPads, Plasma TVs, and Blackberrys? Multi-million dollar condominiums and townhouses? Lamborghinis? Materials things are nice to have but they are not what really matters in life. There is nothing wrong with living comfortably, but material things are not the “be all” and “end all”. And material things most assuredly do not define who you are as a person – nor should they.
So, what really matters in life? What you believe, what you learn, how you conduct yourself in public and behind closed doors, and how you treat others, to a great degree, defines who you are and signals to the world what type of person you are.
Respect for your elders, family, integrity, wisdom, loyalty, compassion, and your ability and willingness to create your own happiness and a set of options when Life throws you a few curve balls is what really matters in life.
Understanding the importance of having a sense of purpose and a sense of direction and finding that purpose and that direction is what really matters in life.
Understanding that you have a duty to overcome your environment is what really matters in life.
Being responsible is what really matters in life.
Empowering others is what really matters in life.
Being trustworthy and dependable to such a degree that someone would consider placing his or her life in your hands is what really matters.
Letting your word be your bond really matters in life. If you make a promise, keep it. If you say you are going to do something, do it!
Excelling at every task and project that you undertake is what really matters in life.
Learning as much as you can about everything – science, world affairs, history, music, art, information technology, foreign languages, business, mathematics, communications, and medicine – is what really matters in life.
Learning how to successfully navigate the world that exists outside of your immediate environment is what really matters in life.
Why? Because the world is only interested in knowing three things about you:
One: How smart are you? What can you contribute?
Two: Is your word your bond? Do you do what you say you are going to do? Will you be where you say you are going to be at the time that you say you are going to be there?
Three: Can you create high quality products and services? What do you have to offer?