Man Made: Life Lessons From John Cox

John Cox. Courtesy Photo.

What three lessons or experiences have added most to making you the man you are today? 

1. Being passionate and enthusiastic.  I think having a passion toward life is what separates the ordinary from the extraordinary, the good from the great.
“Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson.

2. Not worrying about the things I can not influence or control.  It is a waste of time and energy. I know I have never worried about being over-prepared. If you take the steps in life to be prepared for the things you may face in any given day, there is no reason to worry or be stressed.

3. Having a purpose and a vision. If you have a purpose and can envision where you want to go, no matter the size of the obstacle in your way it can be overcome.  I know as a young child that I was often told that I could not do something or that the consequences of my actions may keep me from being successful, but I always had a vision of where I would go tucked away in mind that has guided me from a young age.  I think this helped me get to where I am today and will help me achieve bigger and better things in the future.

John Cox is a partner in the law firm of Lynch Cox Gilman & Goodman, PSC.