You may be more familiar with the original Bumper Sticker, the one that said, “He who dies with the most toys wins.” The reality of the one we are addressing, however, is far more relevant – – and true! We have a generation that is so enthralled by, and dedicated to pursuing, toys that they have lost sight of the true meaning of life!
If we buy into, “He who dies with the most toys wins,” we will have our priorities totally askew! You see, if you want to measure the true value of your life, it is not determined by what you have, but, rather, by who you have. As a nation, and especially as business people, we have forgotten that vitally important adage that says, “We should love people and use things, not the other way around.”
To validate my point I offer the following statement: No one has ever been on their deathbed and uttered the words, “I wish I had spent more time at the office.” This was exemplified a few years ago by a TV commercial where the following dialogue takes place:
Little Girl: “Mommy, why do you have to go away for the week-end and work?”
Mom: “So we can live in our nice big house, honey.”
Little Girl: “Mommy, can we buy a smaller house and you stay home more?”
What parents in our society need to realize is that kids, real kids, don’t want more toys to play with, they want Mom and Dad to play with them. More fun is had in a rowboat that is actually taken to the lake than with a speedboat that stays in the driveway ‘cause Mom and Dad are working to pay it off!
As you set your goals for the next year, first set your priorities. And, as you do so, don’t forget our “Bumper Sticker” truth: “He who dies with the most toys is still dead.”