A Simple Man

tombstoneFirst saw this in an email I received from Coach Zach Even-Esh. I cleaned up a couple words, but they were not necessary to make the point. I don’t think being a celebrity automatically makes you worth listening to, but this quote from Tom Hardy made me think, and thinking is good.

“A great man is largely forgotten by the public.

He doesn’t stand on top of a mountain waving a flag saying,

“Look at me—I’m a great man.”

A great man often disappears into the ether.

Hardly anyone notices that he was even there,
apart from his family and close friends.

He was reliable.

He showed up.

He was there.

He was useful where he could be.

He made mistakes.

Tried to make better of those mistakes.

Doesn’t mean you have to cure cancer or understand
the theory of relativity.

It’s not necessarily as rock-and-roll or as cool as you might think.

Part of being a great man is accepting that.

To dare to be average and normal is actually a
pathway to becoming a great man.

To have more humility.

To accept responsibility more.

To just get on with what’s in front of your face.

And to leave no — indelible mark of your
ever being here, apart from the fact that you were
there for your family to the best of your ability.

It’s not an easy task. I’ll probably screw it up.”

Humble.

Consistent.

Reliable.

Accountable.

Responsible.

There are worse things to have written on your tombstone.

About the author

Coach Dean

Former Fat Boy Turned Health and Fitness Junkie. Award Winning Fitness Business Owner and Trainer. World Class Nutrition Coach. Truth Teller. Scholar. Opinionated. Humble and Willing To Tell You About It. Tell Dean He Is Full Of It On Any Of His Social Media Profiles. He Will Probably Agree.

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Ronald Weilnau - February 15, 2016

Like the article.

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    Coach Dean - February 15, 2016

    Thanks Ronald!

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