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The Classic Pamela Positive: Undertake Something So Great You Cannot Accomplish It Unaided

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\”We never become truly spiritual by sitting and wishing to become so. You must undertake something so great that you cannot accomplish it unaided.\”

 

  – Phillips Brooks

 

Phillips Brooks, an educator and spiritual leader, advised us to push ourselves into the unknown for a special reason:

To become spiritual.

Well, you might ask, \”Why is being spiritual so important? I simply want to create a great company, write a book, or scale Mount Kilimanjaro.\”

The qualities it takes to do any of the above, and anything miraculous, are unseeable.

They are:

Perseverance: Don\’t ever think of giving up…
Thoughtfulness and care in building a team…
Inspirational, being able to paint your vision in a way that excites others, impels them to take action…

You must have these qualities to build successful relationships and enduring companies.  Yet all of these are qualities which are not required in school, home or job.  And yet they are the invisible glue which will allow you \”…to undertake something so great you cannot accomplish it unaided.\”

They are not material or physical. They are spiritual.

 

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Phillips Brooks was an American clergyman in the Episcopal church during the 19th century. Before he joined the clergy, Brooks attended Harvard College and graduated at the age of 20. He moved on to become a schoolteacher, where he would be fired soon after. This led him to study in the Episcopal Church in Alexandria, Virginia. He published several books of lectures and sermons, as well as authoring the popular Christmas carol, \”O Little Town of Bethlehem.\” During the American Civil War, he supported the North and denounced slavery.  He was highly regarded as a preacher and a patriot.