“One of the things that has helped me as much as any other, is not how long I am going to live, but how much I can do while living.” – George Washington
At some point in our lives we have all heard the great saying that “idle hands are the devil’s workshop”. George Washington’s hands were anything but idle. Whether chopping down cherry trees, leading a Continental Army or serving as the First President of the United States of America, he was always doing what he could with his life (read – talents, abilities, convictions, mental capacity, curiosities, originalities, etc.)
I often think about what it would take to start a country. The massive understanding of monetary policy, diplomacy, international affairs, government, law, and so many more disciplines are simply overwhelming. TO have the needed energy to start such a behemoth is a miracle, but then also to follow through with your knowledge of the best thoughts, theories, and practices to form the best country ever is a super human feat. It is no wonder that many people saw George Washington as a god.
George Washington was driven – there is the understatement of the century. He was driven to not just succeed personally, but to help develop an enviroment where other people had the opportunity and capacity to also succeed. This action exemplifies that he was not only driven, but also aware of others and humble enough to use his abilities to help better others.
There is much we can learn from George Washington, but the most obvious and glaring lesson is to live. Live with a clear knowledge of what matters. Live primally, following the urge to grab all you can from what matters in life. Live Humbly with full knowledge that the more time you spend on possessions, the less time you will have for other life matters.