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7 Wonders of the World – Read this..

Posted by Papa Rich Wee on March 9, 2010

In my day to day interaction with friends and strangers, I found that many lost touch of the basic simple things. I found that many people complain about what their friends or neighbors have that they don’t. They complained about having insufficient money, no European cars, no new clothes, no overseas trips, no big homes etc.

However, the simple fact is such quests are never satisfied. Once you get what you yearned for, you immediately yearn for another thing. Where does all these yearning stop? I like the story below.. What’s the 7 wonders of the world? I would have answered Great Wall of China, Pyramids, Grand Canyon etc.

However, these may be wonders but nothing beats of the little wonders that I forget or took them for granted. They are so close to fact, I have them already. Yet, I did not recall them. The unfortunate thing is that when I lost them, I will forever miss them. What are these 7 wonders? Read the story below and find out..

The Other Seven Wonders of the World
By Harvey Mackay

A group of students was asked to list what they thought were the present “Seven Wonders of the World.” Though there were some disagreements, the following received the most votes:

1. Egypt’s Great Pyramids
2. Taj Mahal
3. Grand Canyon
4. Panama Canal
5. Empire State Building
6. St. Peter’s Basilica
7. China’s Great Wall

While gathering the votes, the teacher noted that one student had not finished her paper yet. So she asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list. The girl replied, “Yes, a little. I couldn’t quite make up my mind because there are so many.”

The teacher said, “Well, tell us what you have, and maybe we can help.”

The girl hesitated, then read, “I think the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’ are:

1. To see
2. To hear
3. To touch
4. To taste
5. To feel
6. To laugh
7. And to love.”

The room was so quiet you could have heard a pin drop. The things we overlook as simple and ordinary and that we take for granted are truly wondrous! A gentle reminder — that the most precious things in life cannot be built by hand or bought by man.

A reader sent me the above story. Wow! This is certainly something to think about.

We’re so busy looking for the big picture that we sometimes miss the little pictures that make it up. It’s true in all aspects of life, personal and professional. You can deal with the personal side; I’d like to explore the wonders of life at work.

If you look at what’s important in your company, certainly a successful bottom line is right up there, but how do you get there?

Can you be successful without a contented workforce? Products you believe in enough to use yourself? Sterling reputation? A real desire to be the best? These are the simple elements of any successful individual or company.

In other words, can you see your way to success? Can you feel it? Can you taste it? Can you smell it? Is it calling to you? Will you have some fun getting there, and will you love what you do?

President Woodrow Wilson phrased it eloquently: “You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forgot the errand.”

Thomas Watson Jr., former chairman of IBM, often told anecdotes about his father, Thomas Watson Sr., founder of the company. One of them went like this: “Father was fond of saying that everybody, from time to time, should take a step back and watch himself go by.”

I invite you to do just that today. Then ask yourself some questions: Am I making things more complicated than they need to be? Am I getting a good look at everything that’s going on around me? Am I using that information to improve my performance? Am I looking for big changes when little changes would make a bigger difference? Am I making more work for others and myself? Do I appreciate the simple gift that each day is?

The answers need not fly in the face of simplifying matters. Instead, they should help you see that, frequently, a simple solution will solve most problems. It’s been said that making the simple complicated is commonplace, but to make the complicated simple requires creativity.

Like a great sculptor who chips away at a massive piece of marble to reveal its simple beauty, try to approach matters at work to get to the very core of the issue. It doesn’t matter if you’re talking about sales, manufacturing, marketing, management, or whatever. Keeping things simple will avoid a lot of complications down the road.

Mackay’s Moral: Simplicity is the eighth wonder of the world.


2 Responses to “7 Wonders of the World – Read this..”

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    7 Wonders of the World – Read this.. « Richwee’s Retirement Blog

  2. Thanh Truman

    In my day to day interaction with friends and strangers, I found that many lost touch of the basic simple things. I found that many people complain about what their friends or neighbors have that they don

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