To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate the beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch Or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!” – Ralph Waldo Emerson (American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, and poet )

Wow! The above quote by Ralph Emerson struck such a chord with me that I had to dissect deeper and attempt to interpret each of these stipulations of success.

To laugh often and much

For me this equates to someone who does not take herself too seriously. Have you ever met an egomaniac with a sense of humor? And who doesn’t love to be with someone who can laugh at themselves as much as with you and make the world a bit better even if for just a fleeting moment?

To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children

The first part of the phrase “winning the respect of intelligent people” means you know your S*&! – and not salivating for likes and retweets oblivious to the subject at hand, being able to hold your own in an argument and willing to engage in meaningful dialog. The next one is tougher “affection of children”. Children can sense dishonesty and hollowness instantly. You have to be genuine and forthright to get their affection.

Published on Thrive Global on April 19th, 2019. Read the full article here.

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