Columnist: What is your idea of success?

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Jerry Johnson

Contributing columnist

What is your idea of success? Is it more money? Is it having great health? Is it having great power? I am asking you what is your idea of success? I am waiting on your answer …

To many people there are many answers. Go back and study the history of some of the most powerful men in history. Many of them died broke, committed suicide or went to jail.

King Solomon said it best, “Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income!”

Many people let the dollar bill be what they add up as their success guide. I like this definition of success: “Knowing your purpose in life, growing to reach your maximum potential and sowing seeds that benefit others.”

I look back on people that I would love to sit down and eat a tomato sandwich with one more time! Mr. Sanford Gordy spent many hours teaching hundreds of kids how to catch a baseball and hit a baseball. I always loved to hear him talk. He always had a big smile in his voice.

Next at the table is Mr. Henry Neal. Loved that man and all his country humor and wisdom. He and my dad always loved to eat fried catfish and tell their stories. Both of these men made their families a good living, but they were in love with people and helping people, not in how much money someone had.

Guess my Pop would fall in there as a person that loved to give his time and talent to kids and had the love of horses and good bird dogs. Pop was the president of the Old Saddle Club 50 years ago and spent a lot of time helping to put on horse shows.

Well, one more, and he is living. I think I will see if I can take him to lunch …

Mr. Will Oubre. He taught me how to drive nails straight when I was 12 years old on his rodeo arena. Yeah, I was working free and did not care I was there with one of my heroes, Mr. Will.

I have been blessed in my life to be around a lot of real success stories, they were all givers of their time and talent. Each one of them taught a sermon every day in what they were doing; they laid out a success road map!

If you fell off a horse with any of these men they had you back in the saddle in one minute before you got through crying and had you laughing in the next 60 seconds.

Jerry Johnson is president of First Realty of LaGrange.