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“Most people who desire success focus almost entirely on themselves…”

A thought by John C. Maxwell (2016-02-02) from his book, 3 Things Successful People Do: The Road Map That Will Change Your Life(p. 188). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title of the book to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
That is not the whole thought.The whole thought is “Most people who desire success focus almost entirely on themselves, not others, when they start to make the journey.”
He goes on, “They usually think in terms of what they can get— in position, power, prestige, money, and similar perks. But that’s not the way to become truly successful. To do that, you have to give to others. As Douglas M. Lawson said, ‘We exist temporarily through what we take, but we live forever through what we give.’”
He then says, “That’s why it’s so essential to focus on raising others to a higher level. And we can do that with people from every area of our lives— at work and home, in church and the clubhouse. That’s evidently what Texas Representative Wright Patman did, according…

“A common missing ingredient in many marriages is dedication to make things work.”

A thought by John C. Maxwell (2016-02-02) from his book, 3 Things Successful People Do: The Road Map That Will Change Your Life(p. 164). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title of the book to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
That is so true.John says, “Marriages may start because of love, but they finish because of commitment.”
He goes on, “Sexuality researcher Dr. Alfred Kinsey, who studied six thousand marriages and three thousand divorces, revealed that ‘there may be nothing more important in a marriage than a determination that it shall persist. With such a determination, individuals force themselves to adjust and to accept situations which would seem sufficient grounds for a breakup, if continuation of the marriage were not the prime objective.’”
He then says, “If you want to help your spouse, your children, and yourself, then become committed to building and sustaining a strong marriage. I believe that few people have ever been truly successful without a positive, supp…

“Good communication doesn’t develop by itself.”

A thought by John C. Maxwell (2016-02-02) from his book, 3 Things Successful People Do: The Road Map That Will Change Your Life(p. 160). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title of the book to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
This is an important area that we men really need to work on.It really is.And also women.
John says, “An article in the Dallas Morning News reported that the average couple married ten years or more spends only thirty-seven minutes a week in meaningful communication. I could hardly believe it. Compare that to the fact that the average American spends almost five times longer than that watching television every day! No wonder so many marriages are in trouble. Just like anything else, good communication doesn’t develop by itself. It must be developed, and that process takes time and effort.”
He then gives some suggestions on how to exactly do that:
“• Develop platforms for communication. Be creative about finding reasons to talk to each other. Take walks to…