On Sunday CBS did a special celebrating Morley Safer’s 46-year career on 60 Minutes. Safer didn’t follow the normal script handed down from the masses. Instead he dropped out of college—not an Amazing or even promising move for a wanna-be reporter/ foreign correspondent. But Safer ensured he would separate himself from the masses…. not through flamboyance, ego or pretention but through amazing determination and presence.
Over time, Safer had developed the ability to take any story to the next level. CBS’s Browning explains during the special, “There’s an old saying of Mark Twain’s that the difference between the right word and the almost-right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug. And that’s what Morley did. He was lightning.”
Other adjectives that came up in the story were things such as: authenticity, courage, honor, fair play and a particular realness, a uniqueness.
I have seen this hundreds of times with people I coach
When you harness your true self to what you really want to become and focus on achievement and fulfillment, create your own environment of authenticity, courage and honor and stay at it for the long-term, you end up having directed your own amazing life. Or as Morley Safer himself said, “I’ve led a charmed life.”
You can too!
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