Welcome to a 3-Part Series called “An Attitude of Gratitude.” Last year the SOS Leadership partners began a tradition of blogging about gratitude and what matters most during the week of Thanksgiving. To read last year’s post by Amber Fogarty, click here. To read last year’s post by Bill Moyer, click here. To read last year’s post by Billy Moyer, click here. Today Billy Moyer blogs about focusing on what matters most.
In December 2008, a book written by my dad and I was published. The book is called Seeds of Success: A Journey from Success to Significance. I have been thinking about the book lately because it was just re-published in Indonesian. My dad and I are now internationally published authors, which is certainly something to be thankful for.
I have also been thinking about the book because of what has been going on in my life recently. The theme of Seeds of Success is really about focusing on what matters most in your life. What matters most is a focus, not a question.
In Seeds of Success, my dad shares numerous stories about how in his life he has failed to focus on what matters most. He was more concerned about success than he was about significance. After years of struggles with this, he figured it out and his children, especially me are better because of that.
I am truly thankful that my dad figured it out because I now am married. On November 5th of this year I said “I do” to the woman of my dreams. In the coming years I am sure she and I will have our struggles, but the one thing I know for certain is that I will always remember what and who matters most. I will never let work come before her. She is what matters most and everything else comes after.
So as Thanksgiving approaches, I would like to say how thankful I am for the person who matters most to me, my wife (still getting used to that) Ashley. When I said, “I do,” I chose significance over success. I will focus on what matters most.