Thomas Jefferson had a curious mind. He took a notebook and writing instrument with him wherever he went, so that he could write notes of things that he wanted to learn more about. In fact, it was his inquisitive intellect that led him to invent the traveling desk. The desk provided a portable hard surface to write on no matter where he was.
Like our third president, I have a love of curiosity for increased understanding. In lieu of bringing paper and pen, I bring books of all kinds – old fashioned touchable books, audio books, and modern eBooks. I carry an assortment of authors with me, which allows me to contribute advice on life lessons in a non-invasive manner.
I am observing a common theme among several authors. Men like Marshall Rosenberg, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Dr. Wayne Dyer, and Dr. Benjamin Carson, Sr., to name a few, have all grown up in controversial surroundings. Whether growing up in a foster home, single parent home, or in a neighborhood overflowing with racial riots, these bright and successful men discovered ways to overcome the odds. The messages their life stories speak give witness to others that all people possess a valuable quality that is worth sharing with others. We just have to stop making excuses and start contributing.
One evening, I found myself sitting in a restaurant enjoying my meal in private. I overheard a conversation between my waitress and another patron. The patron was complaining about reasons she couldn’t find employment in our city, which, by the way, has a 4.6% unemployment rate.
Later in my dinner, I struck up a conversation with the waitress and learned she is an Elementary Education student at our local university. The customer the waitress was speaking with earlier was a certified teacher who had just left the private school system and was not having success getting employed in the public school system. The currently disgruntled and unemployed school teacher was discouraging my new waitress friend from living her dream and creating her success. I gave my waitress a copy of The Strangest Secret.
Earl Nightingale’s The Strangest Secret is a quick and easy read in which Earl helps us to identify success. He leads his reader to understand that success has a different definition for each individual. I believe through my contribution to the waitress, I helped her remain enthusiastic about her dream to be an educator.
I look forward to sharing with you as I continue to collect authors.