Friends and Family



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I was talking to a friend this morning and he paraphrased a quote that he attributed to Jim Rohn and it struck home with me, especially since I had stayed up late last night reading the book by Bronnie Ware entitled The Top Five Regrets of the Dying.  The quote fit in perfectly with what I’d just read because one of the regrets is people wishing they hadn’t worked so hard, spent so much time, at their jobs.  Another regret is people wished they’d put more time and effort into relationships with family and friends.

Here’s the quote:

No business success is worth failing at home. ~Jim Rohn

I probably mangled the quote because I heard it second-hand from my friend. Although I couldn’t find the exact quote online, I’m sure I’ve captured the spirit of what Jim Rohn meant.

I can speak from personal experience that as I’ve navigated through the different challenges in my life over the years, including now as I’m re-building my life, the greatest gift I have received then and now is the heartfelt caring from friends and family. The biggest, most profound gift is knowing–and seeing it played out first-hand–that, when I’ve really been up against it, my friends and family are there, doing all they can to help and encourage me (and, naturally, I’m there for them).

Does that mean we never get on each other’s nerves from time-to-time? Of course not.  But through it all, the bond, the connection, remains unbroken.

Your homework today is to let your friends and family know that you’re thinking of them and that you’re grateful they’re in your life.  Then schedule in time each week to either spend time with family and friends or to drop a note to the special people in your life–or both!

Life is short; do it!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


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