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What kind of success do you want for yourself?

Everybody wants to have success in life.  To be able to realize success in our life it’s important to know what success means to us.

Success has two sides.  One side is the result of success.  It’s what we all ultimately want by wishing success: esteem, recognition and acknowledgment.

The other side is success in what we’re doing.  This part of success is individually different because it depends on our talents.

The stronger our self-esteem, the more we know who we are and in what we’re really good.

With a strong self-esteem we don’t need to look at other people’s life to find out what success means.  We know our abilities and talents and therefore we know what kind of success we want for ourselves.  This path leads us to truly fulfilling success in life.

Esteem for the youth

Young people are an important part of our society and should be given the opportunity to take on responsibility.  In order to be able to take responsibility for their actions young people need to get esteem.

We can give esteem ourselves toward young people by encouraging them to do good and by being an esteemful example.

Another way to give esteem toward youth can be found in the Global Youth Leadership Institute.  Their mission is to inspire socially responsible young people to develop their leadership abilities for communities through empathy and service for others.  Dynamic programs are offered for students and teachers on the topics of global pluralism and diversity, native American traditions, environmental awareness, school community partnerships, and the inner calls of teaching and learning.

One of their events takes place in New Mexico from July 15-20, 2009.  Students entering 11th grade can learn to develop a personal leadership vision through the guidance of a native elder.  A primary goal is discovering the self-sufficiency of a life close to nature.

Events like these give young people the feeling of being precious – an important impact esteem can create.  As a response these young persons will be able to give esteem toward the people they meet throughout their life.


Esteem for young singers

Young people gifted with a singing talent have often a hard time stretching musically.  They need to get a chance to show their talent.  Esteem strengthens them in their decision to move forward into a music career.

American Idol is one of these opportunities for young people to launch themselves into a music career.

The new opera “Language of Birds”, a Santa Fe New Music’s production written by its Artistic Director John Kennedy is another chance for young singers.

15-year-old Kirsten Schofield has dreamed of a career as an opera singer since she was 9.  In the new opera “Language of Birds” she gets the exciting opportunity to stretch herself musically.

Opportunities like this are strong signs of esteem toward young promising talents.  Esteem motivate them to commit to their talent and to develop their abilities to higher levels.


Esteem as “help for self-help”

There is always hope even in hard economic times.  The challenge is how we handle these times.  We can give up and wait for outside help or we can take our fortune in our hands and move forward.

The State of Michigan’s “No Worker Left Behind” program encourages the latter option by supporting people who are willing to make a change in their lives.

Being jobless doesn’t mean that there’s no option other than to cross one’s arms and to wait for financial help from somewhere.

Through NWLB Michigan residents can attend a community college tuition-free in order to upgrade their skills so they can move into emerging industries such as renewable energy.  Being jobless doesn’t have to mean hopelessness.  It means a chance for a new beginning, for an exciting life change.

Persons who attend NWLB get esteem for not-giving-up in difficult times, for their openness toward a new career and for their working abilities.

Assistance that supports a person’s own initiative as “help for self-help” works with esteem – and this is the best motivator toward important changes in life.


Esteem always trusts

Trusting in other people open-heartedly is considered by some as naivety or gullibility.  We can also think of trusting in others as children do, with openness and basic kindness, just believing in the good in man as if there is no malevolence possible.

Including esteem in our life makes us believe the best about people.  There is no suspicious thinking because our first intention toward people is always to give esteem.

Acknowledging others for their just being here, for their preciousness and unique abilities in an open-hearted way lets us see the good side in them.

It’s always our decision how we want to think about others.  When we stay cautious toward them we expect and attract possible negative reactions.

When we give others the trust of being kind-hearted and basically good we’ll receive positive reactions as an answer.

Esteem creates esteem through its trusting and believing in the good in man.


Esteem for photographers

Certain photographs can make a strong impression on the viewer.  They’re a picture out of life, catching a single moment and highlighting a singular atmosphere.

Photographers have a unique talent for capturing feelings and mood in their photographs.

This Audio Slide Show presents impressions of New York City by James Hill.  Let yourself be carried away by these atmospheric photographs and the explanations of James Hill.

Esteem toward artists like James Hill is important for encouraging others to develop their photography talents.

Stop into your local museums or galleries to see some of the photo-artists in your area.  It’s a wonderful opportunity to give esteem toward photographers and their art.


Esteem for hidden human potential

Albert Einstein once said: “The only real valuable thing is intuition.”

This declaration by the world’s most esteemed scientist seems unusual since intuition has had little scientific recognition over the last century.

A recent study by Dr. Alan Pegna of the University of New South Wales in Australia, and his investigation team in Switzerland, shows the exciting results of possible actions of intuition.

The experiment of the study was simple.  A blind man had to “guess” what type of emotions were being “shown” to him in photographs of faces.  He correctly perceived significantly more than the researchers had expected by pure chance.

It’s been years since Einstein made his proclamation, but today scientists are giving more and more esteem toward human abilities such as intuition.

Learning makes us happy

Self-esteem is the opinion we have about ourselves.  When we are happy with what we’re doing in life then our self-esteem is high.  When we doubt our abilities or doubt that we’re a precious person our self-esteem is low.

Most often people find themselves somewhere between high and low levels of self-esteem.

There is an approach, however, that can keep our self-esteem on the higher level.  That approach is continuous learning.

To make learning a positive experience it’s important that whatever we learn it should be of interest us.  Real learning means we find the subjects that suit our abilities.  Having discovered what we enjoy makes learning immediately more interesting and exciting.

The more we put our attention on subjects we’re interested in, the more we’ll learn almost automatically – and the more we’ll keep our self-esteem high.


More women reaching positions of power

It’s an often discussed topic that only a small percentage of women are active in important political and economic positions.

The United Nations reported last week that this percentage has increased substantially all over the world.

This is great news considering how important it is to have equal opportunities.

At the other side it’s important too that skilled people, man or woman, are able to attain the position suitable to their abilities.   It’s important to have the right person in the right place.  This doesn’t depend on the gender but on personal and unique talents.

This is a sign for esteem in our society when people get esteem for their personality and abilities.

Women’s and men’s brains are different

A new scientific study attempts again to prove how women and men are different.  It’s a study about male and female brains and their differences.  No big surprises here, it states that in general women are better in some things and men are better in other things.

It isn’t much of a revelation to say that there are physical differences between men and women.  But can we really transfer these physiological differences to general conclusions about what typical female and male behaviors are?

Esteem would answer that at the level of personality there is no basis of direct comparison.  Everybody is different from everybody.  Everybody has his or her own combination of abilities.  There are women with a few so called “male brain” abilities and men with a few so called “female brain” abilities.  Deeply we also feel that each categorization ignores our real personality.

Esteem doesn’t need to prove why some persons act different than others.  Esteem teaches us that each single person is unique.  Realizing esteem in our lives stops us from making stereotypes and allows each of us to be how we are, unique and precious.