GREATness Everywhere: Lessons from the Masters

"Greatness is... a state of superiority... The concept carries the implication [of having a] clear advantage... ‘eminence’, ‘genius’, ‘exceptional achievement’, etc."—Wikipedia

For years I have taught about GREATness in Relationships™. This to me is not a concept nor a theory. It is a state to be focused on, practiced, realized, made manifest, and achieved. GREAT relationships don't "just happen." They are CREATED. I help poeople do just that—in their marriages, in their parenting and with themselves.

“Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

More quotes on greatness.

FAMILY ACTIVITY: What's GREAT About Us? 101 GREAT Things About Our Family. My GREAT Goals.

The only picture I have of Christ in my office is the picture of Christ washing Peter's feet. This to me is the pentultimate relationship model. "He that is greatest... scripture... Also, Ephesians 5:25.

While I focus on GREATness in Relationships™, the lessons of greatness are the same no matter the field you are in: Relationships, business, sports, science, art, music, literature. Here are some of my favorite examples and inspirations. I like to share these with my family during family night and talk about greatness in big goals achieved and in small everyday kindnesses.

Sports & Fitness Greatness. It is for everyone... everyone who is willing to pay the price that greatness demands. Take this 12-year-old kid, for example...

Harlem Globetrotters clips

Michael Jordan

Muhammad Ali, was unapologetically calling himself The Greatest before he proved to us all that he was indeed.

Bragging? It ain't bragging if it's true.

Here's his track record:

  • Total fights: 61
  • Wins: 56
  • Wins by KO: 37
  • Losses: 5

 

Uhm... How about NOW?!

Science

Music & Film

Will Smith on Greatness. Top of the charts successful in TV, Music and Movies

A Virtual Choir with 2,000 people from all around the globe who've never met and who each sang from their own home.

Human Rights

Martin Luther King, Jr's DREAM inspired (but spirit in) me. I show my kids this every year on MLK Day.

Gandhi speech

Martial Arts

Bruce Lee interview

Rudy Dare to chase a "stupid dream."

Technology

Steve Jobs Revolutionizer and innovator: Apple, Pixar, iMac, iTunes, iPod, iPhone, iPad. Died way too soon.

Just Plain Ol' Regular Folk

Learning to love self

The Free Hugs Campaign Reaching out to others, getting outside self... this guy overcame depression and suicidal thoughts by reaching out so simply to others

Validation

Teachers who passionately MAKE a difference.

Paul Potts, cell phone salesman sings Nessum Dorma on Britain's Got Talent. Brings tears to the eyes and the crowd to their feet.

Coke caught ya being good...

Bill: A Father Indeed

Nick Vujicic "To see a limbless guy smile." Nick talks about the power of choice and overcoming hopelessness. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6P2nPI6CTlc

Please share and post your favorite examples of GREATness below