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Zig Ziglar – Life Lessons

December 7th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Lately, I have been pondering this thought, why do some people live productive lives well into their senior years and some people just grow old watching the clock tick by?  What are the life lessons the more active seniors have learned that keep their minds focused on being productive individuals?  I am sure, these are the thoughts of someone who is marching closer to that age.  But, aren’t we all?

When I was younger, I unconsciously believed in some way I was immortal.  Old age and death are for other people, not me.  When I was in my 20s and 30s, I used to look at my parents and people of that generation as being so old!  Now, I have children who are that age, are they looking at me in that same way?

What keeps the young minded senior citizens productive well into their 80s and 90s?  Is it their ability to keep passion in their lives?  I do know that if we feel good at that age, we will be able to be more productive.  But, is that a chicken and the egg theory?  Are people in better health because of the way they think, or do they think better because they are in better health?

Two days ago, I was involved with a Christmas Candy Making Party.  We were a group of friends of all ages, (ages 3 through 80), men and women, who enjoy getting together, having some holiday fun and making Christmas goodies.  While we were making merry, a true legend was finding his way to his next adventure.  Jim Rohn passed way on December 5th.  He was 79 years old. For those of you that don’t know his work, you can click this link and read more about him.  I would like to take this moment to thank him for the legacy he has left for all of us.  I bid him a fond farewell and wish him well on the next leg of his journey.

As I was wool gathering about this subject, I stumbled upon a Zig Ziglar video called “Life Lessons”.  At the time this video was made, one year ago, Mr. Ziglar was 80 years old.  The young couple that were doing the interviewing asked him some very pointed questions about his long life.  He had some responses that we expect to hear from someone who has been blessed with longituity; exercise, sensible eating and no worrying.  But, what I found interesting was his feelings on what he expects for the remainder of his life.  He states, “The best years of my career are still ahead of me.” He talks about what still jazzes him up and gives him joy.

I’m not going to go into it any further than that.  This video is only 7 minutes long and has so many good things to say that I, personally, listened to it several times.  My question to you is, do you know what you are passionate about that keeps you excited about tomorrow?  If you don’t, shouldn’t you find out?

Feel free to pass his wisdom on to others.

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