Decide what people say about you

“History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.”

Sir Winston Churchill       1874 – 1965, British Prime Minister

I have tried not to use quotes by the same person more than once, but when I saw this one it was too powerful to ignore.

I often think about people who work in the research field.  Day in and day out they work away but they never have anything to show for it – until one day!  Suddenly they have discovered the …. whatever it is they have been working on for the last twenty years.  That is some kind of dedication. 

I don’t know if I would be able to do something like that – and yet, if we all did that as far as self-improvement goes and continually strived to better ourselves, what a difference it would make.

There is an advert on TV at the moment about a supermarket that is offering a huge variety of things.  I find the ad itself very irritating, but the payoff line is so brilliant that I watch the ad just to hear it.  “It might not change the world, but it can change the way you live in it”.  Clever….

We are in control of how we behave and our behaviour and achievements are what people see and remember.  Sometimes one bad thing can eclipse many years of good things, which is why it is so important to always be in control of oneself.  Imagine landing a perfect job, you work your tail off the whole year, regularly recognised for your good work and you go and behave like an idiot at the year end party.  Not clever!  The one slip will forever follow you.

Today becomes history as soon as tomorrow arrives, which means that today you write tomorrow’s history.  What are you going to do today that will be so important that it will be remembered tomorrow?  Remember it doesn’t have to be anything big, but it must be something steady, like the researcher moving towards the big discovery.

Until next time, may your day be worthy of making history.