A few years later, I am sitting at my desk and I get a call from Alex Haley, the great author of Roots. Alex said ‘Bernie, I would like to come and see you.” I said “Sure, when?” and he replied, “Look out your window.” And there he was waving at me from a phone booth.
Alex came into the office and we instantly bonded and agreed to represent him with our now traditional handshake. Alex and I became friends and he used to come back to my office often over the years talking about family and relationships. He used to repeat a phrase to me, “When an old person dies, it is like a library burning.” That pithy phrase stuck with me and as time went by I began to understand what he was trying to tell me.
Our lives, yours and mine, are comprised of turning points…
These turning points are our defining moments and powerful influences. They are the people who come into our lives, the moments in time we experience and the unexpected events.
These turning points are forks in the road that we can miss and head down the wrong path if we are not paying attention.
These turning points are the most important lessons of all because they uniquely define our success and accomplishment in life.
About the Author: Bernie SWAIN is one of Your Monthly Mentors, the founder of the pre-eminent lecture agency in the world, Washington Speakers Bureau. Over the last thirty-five years, Washington Speakers Bureau has represented three US Presidents, four prime ministers of Great Britain, countless American and world leaders, business and economic visionaries, authors, media personalities, and sports legends. In 2016, Bernie released his new book, What Made Me Who I Am. Today, Bernie remains Chairman of WSB and travels with Paula, his wife for 41 years, and spends time with their 3 children. Bernie also speaks and writes extensively. Read More…