Your finest hour?
By: Dan Miller

Winston Churchill said, "To every man there comes
in his lifetime that special moment when he is
figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered a
chance to do a very special thing, unique to him and
fitted to his talents. What a tragedy if that moment
finds him unprepared or unqualified for the work which
would be his finest hour."

Many people struggle with being ready for that
Here are some revealing statements from clients
about where they see themselves:

  • 51-year-old businessman -- "I feel like I've
    lived my whole life by accident."

  • 34-year-old CPA - "I feel like a
    prostitute - in return for a very nice salary, they've
    taken my heart, soul and

  • Wife of professor -- "I feel like we have been
    free-falling for the last 13
  • Salesman -- "I feel
    like I'm a ball in a pinball
  • 56-year-old (PhD. in
    Theology currently driving a bus) -- "I feel
    like I've been given six seconds to sing, and I'm
    singing the wrong song."
  • 53-year-old
    businessman -- "I feel like my life is a movie
    that's almost over, and I haven't even bought the
    popcorn yet."
  • Collection Agent -
    "I've lived my life up until now as though
    driving with the parking brake on."
  • 46-
    year-old "successful" car salesman -- "I feel
    like a lost ball in tall cotton."
  • 39-year-
    old automotive engineer -- "I'm a butterfly
    caught in a spider's web, with my
    life slowly being sucked out."

  • 27-year-old computer specialist -- "I'm a box
    of parts and nothing fits
  • 31-year-old attorney --
    "Law school sucked all the life and creativity
    out of me."
  • 32-year-old in family
    business -- "the merry-go-round of my
    professional life has left me no farther than a few
    steps from where I got on and with a weak

Don't expect luck to present you with your finest
hour. Remember, luck is when preparation meets
opportunity. What three things are you doing right
now to prepare for greater opportunity this year -
and to perhaps experience your "finest hour?" The
best person to predict your future is you.

Portrait artist James Whistler decided to paint his
mother when the person who had scheduled an
appointment with him failed to show up. (Don't wait
on perfect conditions for success to happen; just go
ahead and do something.)

Excerpts from pages 42-43, 48 Days to the Work You Love


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