Is it, as so many say, simply career advancement and material abundance?Or is it something more?“A truly successful life,” says author D.L. Tanner, “is a life purposely lived, moment by moment, in the grip of unconditional love, with values and priorities ordered from the perspective of eternity.”
A Truly Successful Life will help you:
·Begin with a foundation of faith and love.
·Prioritize values from the perspective of eternity.
·Live out the “Law of Love” by loving others.
·Realize that you are the master of your own life.
·Discover and follow your dreams.
·Work at your chosen profession with excellence.
·Survive the darkness of sadness and loss because of the foundation of faith, love and eternal priorities.
·Fully enjoy life and live it to the fullest.
In A Truly Successful Life, author D.L. Tanner calls for a paradigm shift in the world of success literature.“A truly successful life,” he says, “is a life purposely lived, moment by moment, in the grip of unconditional love, with values and priorities ordered from the perspective of eternity.”In eleven succinct chapters, Tanner builds the structure and form of his True Success manifesto:Faith, Love, Prioritize Your Values, Surviving the Darkness, The Family of Mankind, Romance, Parenting, Proactivity, Live Your Dream, Success at Work, and Enjoy Your Life.
The faith presented in this book is presented from a Christian, but nonjudgmental, perspective.In the “Love” chapter, Tanner describes what he calls the “Law of Love”:“…a single universal law that emanates from divinity and exists within the heart and conscience of every human being.”It is this single law, he says, that the “First Cause of all life” wants us to follow.He presents a comprehensive approach to re-prioritizing one’s life in favor of the things that matter most, while also inviting the reader to engage in an invigorating journey of self-exploration and self-discovery, and there is a handy “Take Action” section at the end of each chapter.
In the “Proactivity” chapter, Tanner urges us to “take ownership of your life.”“You must craft your own destiny,” he tells us.How?“Everything in life is a choice,” he answers, including our response to every situation in which we may find ourselves.He then goes on to walk the reader through creating their own identity, forgiving themselves for past mistakes and starting their life over.“It doesn’t matter what negative things anyone else may think of you,” he says.“This is your life.”
A Truly Successful Life helps provide healing for emotional and spiritual pain, a place of safety and peace for getting to know your Creator, and self-empowerment for taking control of your own life.It teaches you how to be effective in every aspect of your life, including your career.Most importantly, A Truly Successful Life helps you to prioritize what is truly important in your life.
Table of Contents
PART ONE: THE FOUNDATION
2 Love: The Moral Law of the Universe
3 Prioritize Your Values: Live Your Life from the
Perspective of Eternity
4 Surviving the Darkness
PART TWO: LOVING OTHERS
5 The Family of Mankind: Loving Our Neighbors
6 Romance: Loving Our Partner
7 Parenting: Loving Our Children
PART THREE: OWN YOUR LIFE
8 Proactivity: You Are the Master of Your Own Life
9 Your Career: Live Your Dream
10 Success At Work: Excellence
11 Enjoy Your Life
"He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much; who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who has left the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; who has never lacked appreciation of earth's beauty or failed to express it; who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had; whose life was an inspiration; whose memory a benediction."
-Bessie Stanley (Lincoln [KS] Sentinel, Nov. 30, 1905)
The second hand on my watch keeps tick-tick-ticking around its face, the golden-colored pin hopping across the large black numerals. Over and over, around and around, I watch the second hand go, past the thicker black hour and minute hands which, by contrast, creep around the dial of the watch ever so slowly - barely noticeable - as if they are sneaking up on me unawares... stalking me.
They are, you know. Time marches on, as they say, stopping for no one. And as the hands circle around the face of my watch, my hair thins, my skin wrinkles, and the world around me races by as if in high speed: moving, moving, constantly moving, with me in its midst but watching as if from a distance.
Our lives are so brief! What is a person's life - seventy, eighty years? More or less for some. Within the context of eternity, our lives are like the sudden flashes of light from fireflies on a warm summer evening: briefly bright, then gone. In this context, does money really matter? My grandfather always used to repeat the popular phrase, "You can't take it with you!" It's true.
Think of all the people throughout history who have lived in abject poverty, like the peasants of the Dark Ages. Were their lives meaningless because they never realized anything resembling worldly success? They lived maybe forty or fifty years in dirty squalor, married, had children, scraped to survive, and died. And that's it - gone. Where was the meaning of a life like that?
Throughout the many generations of humanity... thousands of years... what is important? What truly matters? Is it technology? Science? Wealth?
No. Generations of humanity come and go; all that matter are faith and love.
We are here, in our little space within eternity, like a brief vapor. In a moment we are gone. What makes our lives worthwhile and meaningful are our cognizance of God, our relationship to him, and love; showing love to others.
We must view our lives from the perspective of eternity and prioritize our values accordingly. Faith in God is our key to understanding eternity. Living lives of love matters incalculably more than having worldly success. This life lasts only for a moment; eternity with God is our true life, our true destination, our true citizenship.
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This book consists of my musings from the trenches of life. It presents a redefinition of success as something more than material abundance or professional accomplishments. I have broken it down to eleven principles that are essential for an effective, meaningful and successful life.
Don't try to look at my life to find a perfect example of the truths presented in this book. You won't find it. I am "the chief of sinners", as Saul of Tarsus said. My personal life is filled with imperfections and mistakes.
But the funny thing about mistakes is, if you're willing, you can learn from them.
I believe that the truths contained in these pages are eternal truths, the kind that a person builds a life on and uses to prepare for eternity. Taken to heart and put into practice, these truths are the recipe for a life of richness, of quality, of joy and meaning. They are universal and readily available, buried within the conscience of every human being. I have merely collected them, like a lover picking daisies in the sunshine to make a beautiful bouquet for someone special. This book is my bouquet to you.