Entertaining and compelling real-life stories with valuable
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The author is successful business, real estate, and media entrepreneur Dick Kazan.
Published on April 16th, 2013

One of life’s profound secrets for success.

In this intense age of computers, smart phones, social media and multi-tasking, this secret may surprise you. The secret is this: One person, a person such as you, who is a devoted and loving listener, can uplift the world.

I’ll explain:

Within each of us are sorrow and fear, uncertainty and doubt, and many people also suffer from depression. As a result, we all have a deep desire to connect with loving people who understand our feelings and in whom we can trust, and people with a wealth of compassion and wisdom.

We need them to listen carefully as we express ourselves.

Then with empathy, not criticism, acknowledge what we have said and be gentle and supportive. This compassionate listening has been used throughout the ages, as compassionate and loving listeners have played a vital role in advancing mankind to higher levels of achievement.


In contemporary times, some of those compassionate listeners have included Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mother Teresa and many others. Most of those many others have never been famous but each of whom has made a vital difference.

Abraham Lincoln, renowned for his listening and storytelling capabilities is an excellent example of the difference one person can make, for in his lifetime he experienced terrible heartache and he applied that heartache to help others.


But Lincoln never could have achieved the presidency, nor have become the outstanding leader he was, had he not been a compassionate and loving listener, and therefore able to understand and acknowledge the needs of others.

Yet Dear Reader, you may be thinking you can’t measure up to Abraham Lincoln or to the other people referenced in this story. If so, please note none of them were born “great.” They became recognized by others as “great” through their listening skills and their thoughts and actions.

You too have this capacity to compassionately listen and to lovingly help others, and I know you have had heartache. If you listen, and lovingly help and if you reach into the pit of who you are, you can make a wonderful difference in this world and bring greater meaning into your own life.

In the next KazanToday: A remarkable story of perseverance.

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Many of these short, inspirational success stories are about people from all walks of life who overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles to achieve remarkable results. These stories contain practical advice and a recipe for success for each of these renowned individuals. Some of their stories may help you to avoid some of the costly and time consuming mistakes that many of us make in life and at work. Learn from some of history's greatest winners on how to become a winner yourself, no matter what the obstacle, and no matter how daunting the task before you may seem. Good luck!
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