What's the Secret to Life?



When I was six years old, my uncle told me something that scared the living daylights out of me... 

We were sitting by the lake at our family reunion in the Adirondack mountains, and he asked me what I learned in school. 

I told him the usual, “Math, Social Studies, English and stuff.” 

He asked, “Did they teach you the secret to life yet?” 

I was dumbfounded and a little upset. ‘Why haven’t I been taught the secret to life yet?’ I thought. What’s the point of an education if they don’t teach this?!

“No, what is it?” I asked. 

He shrugged, “No one knows. Let me know if you figure it out.” 

I stared at him with my jaw dropped. Up until then, I assumed adults knew everything!


Every now and then, I remind my uncle of that conversation and we have a good laugh, but the conversation still rings true: 

No one knows the secret to life. And experience is often the best teacher. 

With that said, I wanted to share one of my favorite quotes: 


“People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men & women with the biggest ideas can be shot down
by the smallest men & women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.”

-Kent M. Keith



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