1913: 100 Years Later

Your home business gives you a platform. It puts you in a position where you can reach and influence others. This is 2013. Today’s world is one of ever-growing and ever-changing technology. Today, with the aid of the Internet, you can reach almost anyone from anywhere at any time.

Time is a funny thing. The last hundred years have brought with them more changes and advancement than any period in history. It makes you wonder where we’ll be in the next hundred years! In any case, 1913 was a very different time. Automobiles were still a luxury item, television was non-existent and World War I had yet to break out.

1913: 100 Years Later

1913: 100 Years Later

Seeing as so few people from that era are even alive today, it’s quite easy to understand why most of us overlook it. What we fail to realize, however, is that we’ll one day be like them. In 2113, what will people say of us? Will we even be remembered?

I’ve talked a lot about legacy in some of my recent articles, and I’ve done so quite deliberately. You truly do have a unique and wonderful opportunity in this day of unheralded abundance. Since we’ve been born into this world of opportunity, we often fail to notice it. We adjust to our surroundings, and we settle for what’s average. That’s just human nature.

My challenge to you is to fight this tendency to conform. Carve out your own place in history instead.

Here’s a list of just a few of the relevant events that took place in 1913:

February 3rd– The 16th Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, authorizing the Federal government to impose and collect income taxes.

March 4th– Woodrow Wilson succeeds William Howard Taft as President of the United States.

1913- The Mexican Revolution continues. Widespread civil war and rebellion engulf the country.

April 24th– The Woolworth Building opens in New York City. It is the tallest building in the world at this date and for more than a decade after.

June 19th– The Parliament of South Africa forbids blacks from owning or buying land from whites.

July 10th– Death Valley, California hits a temperature of 134 °F (still the highest temperature ever recorded).

August 13th– Stainless steel is invented.

November 6th– Mohandas Gandhi is arrested while leading a March of Indian miners in South Africa.

December 1st– The Ford Motor Company introduces the first moving assembly line.

December 23rd– The Federal Reserve System is created as the central banking system of the United States.

These are just a few of the many events which occurred in 1913. In studying this list, it’s easy to pick out which ones are still relevant. Certainly income tax and the Federal Reserve System are still being felt today. Likewise, men like Gandhi and President Wilson will never be forgotten.

History is created through the act of daily living. Your life, regardless of what you may think, is shaping the course of this world. Even if you influence just ONE person, just ONE individual, you will still have made an impact.

The point I’m trying to make is that you’ve been given a wonderful gift. You’ve been blessed with the foresight, ambition, desire and dedication to better the lives of others. Your business is just the tool. What really counts, when all is said and done, is how well you’ve used that tool.

You don’t have to be a Gandhi; you just have to be the best YOU that you could possibly ever be. Strive for excellence. Yearn for success. Become the leader that you know you can be. Time will pass by regardless of your actions. Why not use it to build your legacy?

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