The 25 Lessons of Life

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Real Estate Agent with ERA Wilder Realty, Inc.

Marian Wright Edelman was born in Bennettsville, SC in 1939.  She grew up in the pre-Civil Rights years and was active in the Civil Rights Movement.  She finished her education at Yale Law School and became an attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.  She has been and is now a strong advocate for children and she founded the Children's Defense Fund.  Marian continues talking and working for the children today.

Marian wrote an open letter to her three grown children and included the 25 lessons of life to drive home what her and her husband had been teaching their children.

You ask how this applies to Real Estate.  The 25 lessons of life have as much meaning today for everyone that works in this business as it does for each and every person.  Applying her 25 lessons will not only build us as people but will build us as business people also.

Let's take a minute and read these lessons and see how we can apply them to our lives as business people and families. 

1.   There is no free lunch.  Don't feel entitled to anything you don't sweat and struggle for.
2.   Set goals and work quietly and systematically toward them.
3.   Assign yourself.
4.   Never work just for money or for power.  They won't save your soul or help you sleep at night.
5.   Don't be afraid of taking risks or of being criticized.
6.   Take parenting and family life seriously and insist that those you work for and who represent you do, too.
7.   Remember that your wife (husband) is not your mother (father) or your maid (servant), but your partner and friend.
8.   Forming families is serious business.
9.   Be honest.
10. Remember and help America remember that the fellowship of human beings is more important than the fellowship of race and class and gender in a democratic society.
11. Sell the shadow for substance.  Don't confuse style with meaning.
12.  Never give up.
13.  Be confident that you can make a difference.
14.  Don't ever stop learning and improving your mind.
15.  Don't be afraid of hard work or of teaching your children to work.
16.  Slow down and live.
17.  Choose your friends carefully.
18.  Be a can-do, will try person.
19.  Try to live in the present.
20.  Use your political and economic power for the community and for others less fortunate.
21.  Listen for "the sound of the genuine" within yourself and others.
22.  You are in charge of your own attitude.
23.  Remember your roots, your history, and the forebears' shoulders on which you stand.
24.  Be reliable.  Be faithful.  Finish what you start.
25.  Always remember that you are never alone.

May these simple lessons bring success and happiness to each and everyone of you.

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Maria Morton
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Ron, those are wonderful lessons to live by. Thank you for sharing them with us.

Apr 29, 2009 12:13 AM #1
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Ron Bridges
ERA Wilder Realty, Inc. - Sumter, SC

Maria - I agree, the more I read the more I can see how those would make us successful in whatever way we need to be.

Apr 29, 2009 12:17 AM #2
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Gail Robinson
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Remember that your wife (husband) is not your mother (father) or your maid (servant), but your partner and friend.

That's a good one.  It's so true.  We want so much from our spouses, but if we try to get all our unmet needs from childhood or focus just on the tasks we have to get through each day (you do this, I'll do that), we risk losing the best parts of marriage.  We need to take time to talk, listen, and comfort our spouses.  My husband and I set aside time over coffee in the morning and at dinner at night to talk and rebuild that friendship and partnership.  It definitely get eroded by all the practical aspects of life, but we have to rebuild that connection each and every day.

Apr 29, 2009 12:20 AM #3
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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
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I saved these....lessons that are indeed... to live by :)

Apr 29, 2009 12:20 AM #4
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Tony & Darcy Cannon
Keller Williams Legacy - Woods Cross, UT
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Ron, Those are great!  I am going to copy and paste them them to a word document and hang them above my desk!

Apr 29, 2009 12:35 AM #5
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Ron Bridges
ERA Wilder Realty, Inc. - Sumter, SC

Gail - Lynn and myself are best of friends.  Yes we even have those little spats that friends and spouses have but as friends we don't stay mad and are buddies again very soon.

Sally - I found as I read them, those are the same as my mom and dad taught me.  Parents are so dumb when we are young and so smart when we get older.  LOL

Tony & Darcy - Thanks and that is what we are doing too!

Apr 29, 2009 12:56 AM #6
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Travis Olson
Agent Breakthrough Consulting - White Bear Lake, MN

Wow, what a list. Being intentional about the way we raise our children (and grow our businesses) gives us a much better crack at actually making those things come true. I'd definitely say that Mrs. Edelman's children won the parent lottery. Thanks for sharing.

Apr 29, 2009 01:53 PM #7
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Sheila Moran
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such good lessons and reminders!

Apr 29, 2009 09:16 PM #8
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Ron Bridges
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Travis - Agree, I think those lessons may need to be revisited by many in the world today.

Sheila - Something to live and work by.

Apr 29, 2009 11:36 PM #9
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Ann Hayden
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Ron,

25 very good lessons!  Just think if everyone learned these.  Life would be ever so different.

Ann

Apr 30, 2009 11:08 PM #10
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Ron Bridges
ERA Wilder Realty, Inc. - Sumter, SC

Ann - wouldn't it be a different world?

Apr 30, 2009 11:19 PM #11
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Ann Hayden
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Ron,

I expect it would be a much better world..

Ann

May 04, 2009 09:56 PM #12
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Ron Bridges
ERA Wilder Realty, Inc. - Sumter, SC

Ann - I agree.  It would be the true "back to the basics".

May 04, 2009 10:25 PM #13
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DeAndrea "Dee Dee" Jones
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Hey, I might copy and paste this into all the graduation cards I send out this year, Excellent Post!

May 21, 2009 02:18 PM #14
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