Ordinary People Can Do Extraordinary Things

Ordinary people even weak people can do extraordinary things through temporary courage generated by a situation but the person of character does not need the situation to generate his courage, it is a part of his being and a standard approach to all life’s challenges. — Michael Josephson

Courage in Action

Courage in action is often nothing more than the choice to do something that is risky because there is a stronger driving motivation, one that makes the risk less important than the thing sought. It could be noble as with honor, patriotism or the protection of family or it could be anger, a desire for revenge or unbridled ambition. — Michael …

What Will Matter Poem– A Tribute to a Teacher’s Life

Click here to download the original high resolution poster. By Michael Josephson Ready or not, some day it will come to an end. There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days. All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten will pass to someone else. It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed. Your grudges, …

What Will Matter – Original Poem

Click here to download the original high resolution poster. by Michael Josephson Ready or not, someday it will all come to an end.   There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days.  All things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else.  Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance.  Your grudges, resentments, …

What You Can Be

To truly grow you have to be willing at any moment to sacrifice what you’re for what you can be. Subscribe to free weekly newsletter featuring articles and quotes of Michael Josephson at www.whatwillmatter.com

COMMENTARY: Myths About & Misuse of the Golden Rule

MYTHS ABOUT & MISUSE OF THE GOLDEN RULE. The core of the GOLDEN RULE is a moral obligation to treat others ethically for their sake, not ours, even if it’s better than the way they treat us. Why? Not because it’s advantageous, but because it’s RIGHT. And because the way we treat others is about WHO WE ARE, not who …

COMMENTARY: Truth Matters. Trustworthiness Matters.

Truth matters and its your moral responsibility to find it. Trustworthiness matters and its your moral duty to insist on it. Never in my lifetime has truth been more important or more illusive. Though hard to find, within every mountain of careless claims, unsubstantiated assertions, fallacious reasoning and outright lies there are true facts and credible sources. It is your …

Give Back! It Will Improve Your World and Your Life!

Please join me in a commitment to at least double your charitable donations this year. It will improve the world and your life. “If you want to know how to live your life, think about what you want people to say about you after you die and live backward.” Having recently experienced a life-threatening health challenge I am more passionate …

Reality Won’t Budge

You can twist words, make excuses, and interpret what you’ve done or what’s been done to you anyway you want, but reality won’t budge. – Michael Josephson

Enjoy the Journey

Take pride in how far you’ve come. Have faith in how far you can go. But don’t forget to enjoy the journey. – Michael Josephson

Wisdom & Happiness

Both wisdom and happiness are developed and demonstrated by the ability to see beauty in the ordinary and even in the ugly. – Michael Josephson

Dance in the Rain

Don’t just wait for the storm to end, learn to dance in the rain. A positive attitude can turn hardships into adventures and tragedies into turning points. – Michael Josephson

Leaders Must Show They Care

Leaders must show they care. A leader is like a battalion commander who isn’t content to read the menus but insists on going into the mess hall to taste the food himself. Not only does he know more about what’s being fed to his subordinates, but he’s considered a better leader by his troops. – Peter Drucker.

Gratitude is Not a Statement

Gratitude is not a statement, it’s feeling. It is so easy to say we are grateful that I often don’t stop to really, really take the time to experience gratitude. Saying the words doesn’t mean a thing without the feeling and it takes a moment of genuine reflection to summon that feeling. This Thanksgiving don’t shortchange yourself with hollow word. …

Good People Do Good Things

“Good people will do good things, lots of them, because they are good people. They will do bad things because they are human.” – Harold S. Kushner, living life that matters

Life Isn’t About Winning

“The purpose in life is not to win. The purpose in life is to grow and to share. When you come to look back on all that you have done in life, you will get more satisfaction from the pleasure you have brought into other people’s lives than you will from the times that you outdid and defeated them.” ― …