I thought I would post them here today as a reminder of just what is and what is not important.
The Greatest Things:
The best day, today.
The greatest puzzle, life.
The best policy, honesty.
The greatest thought, God.
The greatest mystery, death.
The best work, work you like.
The greatest mistake, giving up.
The most ridiculous asset, pride.
The greatest need, common sense.
The most dangerous person, a liar.
The best advice, use good manners.
The wisest short-cut, develop mentors.
The greatest fault, to be aware of none.
The greatest truth, we reap what we sow.
The most expensive indulgence, self-pity.
The greatest deceiver, one who deceives self.
The best habit, making good on all commitments.
The best teacher, one who brings out the best in you.
The saddest feeling, feeling envious of another’s success.
The greatest thing in the world, love – love of family, home, friends, associates, company and country.
A blogger known as "Mr. Attitude" has added to this list a bit with some equally thought-provoking definitions taken from the backs of business cards and meeting notes he has accumulated along the way. These quips purportedly originated from some of the top salespeople in the world...
The greatest handicap, egotism.
The greatest victory, victory over self.
The most certain thing in business, change.
The greatest job, being needed and appreciated.
The greatest gamble, substituting hope for facts.
The strongest competitive edge, a high level of energy.
The most effective selling habit, sound time management.
The greatest guarantee of success, honest intelligent effort.
The best action, keeping the mind clear and judgment good.
The greatest selling strategy, speaking as one who has authority.
While each of these are inspirational, I am increasingly convicted by the last one on their list:
The greatest waste, the vast reservoir of talents and abilities most of us possess but never quite get around to using.