Treasure of the Day
Wednesday, June 19, 2019!
WHAT IS TODAY’S TREASURE?
A quote, from Stephen Hawking: “When you complain, nobody wants to help you.”
HOW’D YOU DISCOVER IT?
A book by Tim Ferriss, entitled “Tools of Titans.” As some of you know, I’m in this time of my life where I’m fascinated by the people Tim Ferriss interacts with.
The book is a treasure chest of information regarding the tools and habits that power the lives of successful people. So many different people from different areas of world-class expertise are talked about in the book.
One of the people Tim Ferriss interviewed (Tracy DiNunzio), had mentioned this quote by Stephen Hawking. She mentioned that if there was anyone in this world who had the right to complain, it was Stephen Hawking (who was paralyzed and lost speech function many, many years ago). Yet, Hawking did not complain. He kept living his life and made some amazing contributions throughout his lifetime.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT IT?
1. Perspective. It’s so easy to complain, but what I want to complain about might be so small compared to bigger and/or significantly life-altering situations other people might be going through. Stephen Hawking may have been physically limited, but his societal impact was seemingly unlimited.
2. It forces me to think of others. If I complain, I’m not really helping other people to grow. In a way, complaining brings other people down. Complaining doesn’t just affect me, but it could have an immense impact on other people’s lives in a harmful way.
HOW MIGHT THIS BE USEFUL FOR ME?
As mentioned earlier, I’m beginning to realize that complaining can have negative effects on many people around me (and not just me). It can strain relationships, and good relationships are key to our well-being.
ANY FINAL COMMENTS?
One thing that I’ve thought about to help better understand this quote is interacting more often with people of diverse backgrounds, races, ages, philosophies, and interests. I look back at a diversity of experiences, and I am grateful for getting stretched and having opportunities to meet people that I might have not met otherwise.
Various volunteering opportunities and attending events that involve people outside of my normal bubble/sphere have taught me that life is so much more than what I see through my own eyes.
“Complaining doesn’t just affect me, but it could have an immense impact on other people’s lives in a harmful way.”