Sunday, September 05, 2010

Curious about Greatness: We All Possess the Power of Unique Greatness. How Do You Use Yours?

Definition of Greatness: The state, condition, or quality of being great; as, greatness of size, greatness of mind, power, etc. Pride.

Whoever renders service to many puts himself in line for greatness - great wealth, great return, great satisfaction, great reputation, and great joy.” - Jim Rohn, American businessman

A quick story about why I chose greatness for this week’s blog theme. As you may have guessed, I sign up for many webinars and teleseminars. Some of them are good and some are not so good, but I often learn or am reminded of a golden nugget that I can use. Last night I watched a replay of a webinar given by Julie Ann Turner (click on her name) that was so good, I couldn’t take my eyes and/or ears off it for a second.

A quotation from her website: “GREATNESS lives within you ... and your most AMAZING life awaits ... Now is the time to shift your life and work to the next level of purpose, profitability and potential - not only at the level of your work or business, but at the level of your ultimate life contribution ... your LEGACY.”

It has been such an exciting time searching for greatness quotations:

  • Nothing liberates our greatness like the desire to help, the desire to serve.” – Marianne Williamson, American author
  • Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.” - Wilma Rudolph, American athlete
  • No student ever attains very eminent success by simply doing what is required of him: it is the amount and excellence of what is over and above the required, that determines the greatness of ultimate distinction.” - Charles Kendall Adams, American educator
  • The greatness of art is not to find what is common but what is unique.” – Isaac Bashevis Singer, American novelist
  • The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.” - John Buchan, Scottish politician
  • The truest greatness lies in being kind, the truest wisdom in a happy mind.” – Ella Wheeler Wilcox, American writer
  • There is as much greatness of mind in acknowledging a good turn, as in doing it.” - Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Roman statesman

And some more – they have been so inspiring:

  • Words alone cannot fully convey the realities of the soul or the greatness of the human spirit.” - William Shirley, British politician
  • If any man seeks for greatness, let him forget greatness and ask for truth, and he will find both.” - Horace Mann, American educator
  • Greatness and goodness are not means, but ends.” - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, English poet
  • Integrity is the first step to true greatness. Men love to praise, but are slow to practice it. To maintain it in high places costs self-denial; in all places it is liable to opposition, but its end is glorious, and the universe will yet do it homage.” - Charles Simmons, British gymnast
  • Monuments and archaeological pieces serve as testimonies of man's greatness and establish a dialogue between civilizations showing the extent to which human beings are linked.” - Vincente Fox, Mexican statesman
  • Big dreams create the magic that stir men's souls to greatness.” - Bill McCartney, American celebrity
  • By constant self-discipline and self-control you can develop greatness of character.” – Grenville Kleiser, American author

And one more to take with you and live by:

Every day, people settle for less than they deserve. They are only partially living or at best living a partial life. Every human being has the potential for greatness.” - Bo Bennett, American businessman

I urge you to define and live by and with your greatness. It will give you a new lease on life! And, please leave a comment.