The Most Valuable Lesson

On October 13, 2010 I spoke for over 300 district and field managers for American Family Mutual Life Insurance Company. The mission for the event was to provide them with resources, tools and information on how to deal with the many changes the organization is now experiencing. Oh, by the way, I had a blast with this group. I could tell in an instant that they were there to learn and laugh.

The following evening I was asked to go out to dinner with a few of the participants. This is without a doubt one of the perks of my business. I absolutely love getting to know people on a personal level. The laughter is usually non-stop and complemented by intriguing conversation.

During dinner someone asked me, “What was one of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned about being successful and happy.” Without missing a beat I said, “When I came to the realization that nothing in life is wasted if I learn from it. I now know that every step forward and backward along the way towards success was necessary to prepare me to recognize and receive the gift when it was revealed to me. I needed every experience, I mean every experience: the good and the bad, the successes and the failures, the pain and the glory, to help me grow. I can honestly say I am grateful for all of my feelings and emotions; especially, the ones where I questioned my sanity. I am grateful for the peace, the anger, the love, and the fear.”

Then in the voice of Forrest Gump I said, “That’s all I have to say about that.” Of course everyone applauded because I do a Great Forrest Gump.

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