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Prisoners of Our Thoughts, 3rd Edition by Stephen R. Covey, Elaine Dundon, Alex Pattakos

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PRINCIPLE 7. Extend Beyond Yourself

Don’t aim at success—the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness,cannot be pursued; it must ensue and it only does so as the unintended side-effect of one’s dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it.1 (V. Frankl)

Every day Vita delivers our mail—cheerfully. It’s her trademark attitude. One day, in miserable weather, we heard her whistling as she went about making her deliveries. Instinctively we shouted out to her, “Thank you for doing such a great job!” She stopped in ...

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