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Recently, while Janice and I were visiting our son Kyle at East Carolina University, I came across a quote by Arthur Ashe that begged to be shared.

If you recall, Arthur Robert Ashe, Jr was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. He lived a brief but successful 50 years and accomplished winning singles tennis titles at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, and the Australian Open. In 1979, the long-time tennis promoter and player, Jack Kramer, ranked Ashe as one of the 21 best players of all time.

Arthur leveraged his tennis success to become an activist, spokesman, and author and is quoted as once saying “from what we get, we can make a living; what we give however, makes a life”.

I turned 56 yesterday. As I get older and I hope a little wiser, I realize that any real success we achieve in life will not come from all the stuff we collected or any financial wealth that we gained. Happiness, joy, satisfaction, and contentment come from the difference and impact we make in the world.

We can’t take all the stuff with us, yet we are elevated by what we give. It comes from setting proper priorities and following through on them.

Arthur was right. Give to your family, give to your customers, give to your company, and give to your community.  All that’s at stake is your legacy……………

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