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Learning About Success From Planting A Tree

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” 

When I first decided to go back to school to get my MBA Liam was just born, and I had a business that took up much of my attention and energy. I wasn’t sure how I was going to make time for school, but I just knew it was something I had to do.

As hard as the decision was at the time, I can’t imagine trying to go back to school with a second child on the way and a business that is taking up twice my time as it did a year ago. I don’t think if I had waited until after my kids were grown that I would have ever gone back.

On paper, the best time for me to have gone back to school was right after graduating college. In comparison to my life now, I had no responsibilities. I wouldn’t have the scheduling problems I have now trying to juggle all my roles as husband, father, and business owner.

But I also acknowledge that thinking about those things as I’m in the middle of my studies is pointless. If anything it just makes me feel worse thinking what “I should have done.” Instead, I focus on the here and now and how I can make the best decisions possible void of emotion and full of rationality. 

To me, success is not something that happens to you at some future point. Success to me is about having a healthy relationship with the present moment while being fully present in whatever you are doing.

Not only does this give me the opportunity to live in gratitude. I’m able to place my entire focus on my current situation instead of living in the regret of the past or anxiety of the future.

To me that’s success.

-Mario
www.marioashley.com

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