Advice from My Uncle | 01/17/11

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As many of you know, my uncle recently died.  One thing he left behind was notebooks and notebooks of inspiration.

He was a hard worker, and he had a strong investment plan.  For many years, I remember him working 60 hour work weeks, only to come home to work even more.  Recently, he had started working less, and was spending more and more time with my grandma daily.  I think he thought her days here were limited, so he wanted as much quality time with her as possible.  I don’t think he thought his own days would end before hers.  He was planning on retiring completely soon.

As a kid, when I’d stay overnight at his house, I remember him staying up late at his desk every night with the desk lamp on.  I always thought he was working on his investments.  True, he was doing that a lot.  Back in the 80′s, he’d religiously comb the Wall Street Journal and spend hours making his own charts and graphs.  Recently, E-trade made his daily trading a whole lot easier!  But, what I didn’t know he was doing many of those nights was writing down thoughts, quotes, feelings, and goals.  How did I know this man for 26 years and not know this?

I’ve been combing over his notes.  Most of them are about working hard to get what you want in life and overcoming obstacles.  His boss of 35 years spoke at his funeral and mentioned that my uncle was their longest employee, and that he was also the first one there every morning, the first to get back to work after taking lunch, and the last to leave for the day.  One week several years ago, his boss noticed that my uncle’s time sheet seemed off.  He asked my uncle if he forgot to put in a day.  My uncle replied, “No, I just didn’t feel like I worked very hard that week.”

Anyway, I didn’t intend for this post to be so lengthy.  But, I’d like to share some of my uncle’s notes with you from time to time.

Today, this one means a lot to me:

Ann Landers Wrote: If I were to give the single most advice to humanity, it would be this:  Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life, and when it comes, hold your head high, look at it squarely in the eye and say, “I will be bigger than you.  You will not defeat me.”

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