Your Greatest Asset

What is your greatest asset?

Your mind, your body, good looks or charm, your family, health, wealth, or your career?

Legendary jazz trumpeter, Miles Davis, provided something that might give us a clue to the answer when he said:

Sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself.

Instinctively he knew something we all need to remember:

Your greatest asset is simply to be true to yourself.

It is the one quality that makes you stand out from all the rest; it’s what makes you unique; it’s the single most important and recognized path to success and happiness in any field.

Even Oscar Wilde, the Irish writer, poet, and one of London’s most popular playwrights in the early 1890s, wrote:

“Be yourself – everyone else is already taken.” — Oscar Wilde

Being yourself is recognizing you as an individual. It means having the courage express yourself as you really are and being comfortable with doing so, as this esteemed author ably states: It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.  ~e.e. cummings

Here are a few of my favorite quotes on the subject:

Your time is limited; so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.  ~Steve Jobs

It took me a long time and much painful boomeranging of my expectations to achieve a realization everyone else appears to have been born with:  that I am nobody but myself. “ ~Ralph Ellison, “Battle Royal.”

It is not only possible to be the person you pretend to be, but there is less effort involved.  ~Robert Brault,

The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are.  ~Jim Morrison

And finally, one of my all-time favorites:

Be who you is, cuz if you be what you ain’t, then you ain’t what you is.”

The last quote above came from an epitaph on an old grave marker in a cemetery outside Tombstone, Arizona

I couldn’t have said it better. 🙂

Daniel Jacobs
(c) 2009, all rights reserved

2 Responses to “Your Greatest Asset”

  1. you should publish more articles like this and you will be famous.your articles are superb. keep it up. – Lisa

  2. Ijan Beveridge Says:

    It takes a very special person to freely give people something as great as this book. It is beyond my wildest dreams!!! Thank you so much, it has helped me greatly. – Ijan Beveridge, NZ

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