InspirEmail No 364 - July 2021 - A Recipe for Success
Inspirational messages to refresh the spirit and boost the emotional bank account

A Recipe for Success

Do you know what you really need? I’m not talking about material things. I mean, what do you need to make your life all you want it to be?

Author Stephen Covey says that people all share a few essential needs: the need to live, the need to love, the need to learn and the need to leave a legacy.

When he says we need to live, he is not talking about physical health. It’s certainly important to breathe, but in many ways it may be even more important to live a full and whole life.

Indian mystic Osho says . . . ‘The real question is not whether life exists after death. The real question is whether you are alive before death.’ A question I ask myself is . . . ‘Am I just going through the motions or am I really living my life?’ I don’t want to live on the outside while I'm dying, little by little, on the inside.

Covey also says we need to love. And I believe we also need to be loved. Both are important. I am coming to appreciate that my relationships with other people may be the most significant reason for either my happiness or my unhappiness throughout my life. Studies show that social connection is vital if we are to be happy.

Then Covey tells us that we need to learn. And learning does not stop once we leave school and enter the workforce. I don’t ever want to stop growing and, hopefully, improving. I want to be a life-long learner. There is so much to discover in the world; I am saddened I can only learn the smallest fraction of it in one lifetime.

Finally, we need to leave a legacy. It’s not about leaving money. I want my life to count for something, even if it seems small in comparison to some others.

I truly appreciate this thought often attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson. It may be that he did not actually pen these words, but they are nevertheless wise and worth repeating.

‘To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a little bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.’

How do you measure up? Are you living fully, loving completely, learning constantly and planning to leave a worthwhile legacy?

This is a recipe for ‘success’ in the truest form of the word.

Written by Steve Goodier
To learn more about Steve and his work please visit his website . . . Life Support Systems >>>

July's Featured Positive Inspirational Story

You Are Wonderful!

A famous singer had been contracted to sing, and ticket sales were booming. In fact, the night of the concert found the house packed and every ticket sold. The feeling of anticipation and excitement was in the air as the house manager took the stage and said . . . read more >>>

An Inspiring Image

I trust you enjoy this very inspiring video . . Help for Heroes >>>

View more inspiring images and videos at . . . Positive Inspirational Images  >>>

- Inspirational Quote -

The key to success is dedication to life-long learning
Stephen Covey

View more Positive Inspirational Success Quotes >>>


Positive inspirational messages, stories, quotes and images
to refresh the spirit and boost the emotional bank account

You are welcome to subscribe to InspirEmail which is published every month. You can subscribe by going to the subscribe to InspirEmail panel located on the top right hand side of every page of the website.

Below are links to each issue of InspirEmail from September 2005. I trust you enjoy reading and reviewing these positive inspirational messages, stories, quotes and images and I welcome your feedback and comments at . . .

Issues of InspirEmail prior to September 2005 were published before this website was launched. Many of the positive and inspirational stories in the earlier issues of InspirEmail can be found under the eight section headings in the Inspirational Stories Directory.

Be Inspired and Best Wishes

Keith Ready
Director of Inspiration
A Gift Of Inspiration

Archived InspirEmail

Top of page


Monthly positive inspirational story and quote to refresh your spirit and boost the emotional bank account

Free Subscription

View the latest issue of InspirEmail

Positive Inspirational Images
Positive Inspirational Stories
Positive Inspirational Quotes