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There is quite a big difference between being successful and actually shining! As much as success is relative and at many instances subjective, shining can rarely be disputable and is mainly driven and caused by some magical qualities, namely passion, persistence, consistency, enthusiasm, empathy, and kindness …

Shining, in my opinion, is way beyond being just successful. Shining is inspirational, contagious, and energizing. Neither position, nor money, nor phony respect and obedience gained through power can define real success. In fact, true success keeps the person’s feet stiff on the ground yet agile when following an opportunity or a dream, his head in the sky yet humbly bent to the achievements of others, his eyes on the horizon yet vividly watching over his surrounding, and his heart as big as the world…

For me, no one can be successful in isolation from his surroundings. I can only be successful through the success of everyone around me, no matter my or their size, power or influence. Success can only be real when it makes its beholder and those surrounding him shine inside out!

In one of his amazing lectures, Benjamin Zander said “I have a definition of success. For me, it’s very simple. It’s not about wealth and fame and power. It’s about how many shining eyes I have around me”. I couldn’t agree more! I can only feel my worth as a mother, a teacher, a friend or a manager when the eyes of the people around me shine! And there is no way I could do that if my own eyes do not truly shine!

Peer pressure is a very common and serious phenomenon at all times. It affects a lot of kids and teens around the globe, each at a different level… We can preach all we want about it, but this issue needs more to be solved. It starts with a high level of self-esteem, a strong personality and a certain degree of independence…
I was searching the net this evening and came across two quotes that made me stop for a while and think… I thought I’d share them with you…
I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
                                                                                                                                               —Bill Cosby
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.
                                                  —Oscar Wilde
Think about them…

I’ve always been fascinated by exceptionally talented people like 8 year old multi-talented Dhanat who performed his first violin solo and had his first painting exhibition at the age of 4; the 5 year old pianist who wowed her audience with her exquisite performance of Beethoven’s Sonatina F Major and Fur Elise, and Bach’s Guige; the piano prodigy Richard Hoffman who gave his first public piano concert at the age of 3 (only one month after he started learning piano) playing famous complicated pieces for great composers; and many many others.

Being a strong believer that all kids are talented, each in his or her own way, I took the time to examine those famous kids performing, and to think of what makes them more special… One very important and essential difference I could see besides, of course, their parents’ strong support and genuine belief in their potential and talent, was the kids’ PASSION and ENTHUSIASM!

Passion and Enthusiasm are key ingredients to self-contentment and success!

Let’s share ours!!

It is so easy to accept and embrace our glory. It is so easy to take or claim credit for things we achieve (or others achieve;). It is so easy to celebrate our victory and others’ failure.

It is so easy for our egotism to soar when we make it, and to lack faith and courage and eventually give up when we fail.

But it is NOT so easy to celebrate others’ victory and be happy for them, while we admit our failure, learn a lesson, keep a positive attitude, try again, and move on…

It is not so easy…


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  • Chantal Chahine Assaad: I would be a very flattered proud teacher!!! Thanks Elie and welcome home! 😉😊
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