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I believe I am one of the luckiest souls in this world because I have so much going for me.  In remembrance of all the good fortune in my life (and in celebration of this Thanksgiving season), I came up with my top five most grateful aspects and people in my life.  I am most thankful for:

5.  A challenging and fulfilling career. Some people work to live, and although I don’t necessarily live to work or work to live, I do look forward to going to work most mornings!  I am definitely very grateful that I have that luxury!

4.  My health. I was fortunate to be born a healthy baby, and I was fortunate to have grown up in a health-oriented family.  I am thankful that no major illnesses run in my family, and I am thankful that I am healthy enough to take on the many physical and mental challenges this world has to offer.

3.  My introspective nature. I am lucky I met a handful of key people during various phases of my life who taught me that being self-aware is perhaps the greatest gift I can give myself.  While it may not seem that way at the time, I am thankful for all the trials and tribulation I went through so far in life — they have definitely made me stronger!  I am most appreciate of finally learning that this world is much bigger than my own little world.

2.  My awesome friends. I am eternally grateful to have friends who keep me honest while helping me grow spiritually, emotionally, and mentally.  I am grateful that I have friends who would move mountains for me or wake up at 3am in the morning to field my distress calls.  No words can describe what they mean to me!

1.  My family. Growing up, I had a love-hate relationship with my family.  But as I got older, I learned to appreciate everything they have ever done for me and to me.  They have always been there for me, through thick and thin.  It’s as they say, blood is thicker than water.  I love you mom, dad, sis, and bro!

And Happy Thanksgiving to all!

I recently read an article by Dr. John C. Maxwell on the steps towards success.  In the article, he listed the ten things that a leader should do/accomplish before reaching age 40.  I thought the list was a good one and want to share them with you:

  1. Know yourself
  2. Settle your family life
  3. Determine your priorities
  4. Develop your philosophy of life
  5. Get physically fit
  6. Learn your trade
  7. Pay the price
  8. Develop solid relationships
  9. Prepare for the future
  10. Find purpose for your life

Going through the list personally, I surprised myself at how many on the list I was able to check off.  For example, several years of soul searching in my 20s helped me discover who I am and develop a philosophy of life.  My recent vacation to Asia helped me find the purpose of my life and that in turn helped determine my priorities.  I am actively pursuing my trade by first, pursuing the right career and second, learning as much as I can from my job everyday.  I am also actively saving and investing my money so that I am better prepared for my future.  All these I do because I know if I don’t pay the price now, I don’t get to reap the reward later.

How about you?  How close are you to checking off the entire list of ten by age 40?

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August 2020