A Tribute to J. Francis Angier on His 90th Birthday

dadOne of my favorite poems was written by Edgar Guest entitled “I’d Rather See a Sermon than Hear One Any Day.”

It relates to much of the ways I see my father.

Like many fathers, Dad gave me a great deal of advice over the years. And like many sons, I rarely listened to it.

But, you see, I did observe my father. I saw what he did, and what he didn’t do.

He never had to tell me about being honest and having integrity, he just lived honestly and with integrity.

He never needed to lecture me about hard work and industry. I saw him work hard every day of his working life.

My father never needed to talk to me about being respectful to women. He just was. In fact, I never heard him denigrate women in any way. And he was always respectful and honoring of my mother.

He didn’t have to preach safety—although he did. He just went out of his way to practice safety in everything we did. It’s likely why most of his crew survived being shot down over Germany in the fall of 1944. And none of my family was ever seriously injured on our farm.

Dad didn’t talk much about humility and generosity. He simply demonstrated it all the time.

He didn’t spend much time explaining the value of good planning. But he planned his work and his business carefully.

He didn’t have to advise me on the value of education. Because he was a lifelong learner. And he read, and still does read, every day.

Dad didn’t tell us to love our country. But we knew he was a patriot and how much his country—and his service to it—meant to him.

So although the advice was there, what mattered most was demonstrating his best at being a good man. And it made all of us boys want to be a good man as well.

He set the standards pretty high. And I know I haven’t lived up to them all the time. Perhaps he didn’t either. But I know he did his best.

His sermon was, and still is, his life. And it mattered.

I’m so proud of you Dad. Happy 90th birthday!

ron-cover-smallNote: His first book, Ready or Not: Into the Wild Blue,
is available on Amazon (print and Kindle version)

  1. Doug Evans
    June 16th, 2013 at 08:43 | #1

    Very nice !

  2. Jerry Wright
    April 21st, 2015 at 03:26 | #2

    Very touching.

    Also I have some of his books, and have a massive interest in the 457th BG from Glatton.

Does it Really Matter?

PalmsA big part of success is being able to differentiate what really matters and what doesn’t. Many times a day, we’re faced with the choice of responding, not responding, paying attention to or disregarding events, information and circumstances.

The question is, “Does this matter in terms of my values and my goals?” Or, “Is it worth my time and effort to confront what I’m presented with?”

It’s a skill that really does matter in achieving what you want to achieve. It’s the small decisions that result in a much bigger and long-lasting result.

But sometimes we have to step back and look at the big picture. What are we really up to? Does what we’re doing really matter? Will we look back on what we’re doing now and say, “That was important. It really did matter.”

I like to be engaged with people who care about things that matter who want to make a difference. It’s not about being important, it’s about having what we do be important.

If you have spent your career working for the money instead of doing something significant (to you), you probably don’t feel the fulfillment that you could experience by doing something in which you are fully engaged—mind, body and spirit.

And it’s not too late. Many of our readers are Baby Boomers. They are at, or approaching, retirement age. Some are in good shape financially—others not so much. Regardless of where you find yourself, I encourage you to seek out how you can invest your time and energy in doing meaningful work—work that’s significant and rewarding to you. Because there will come a time when you will either look back with regrets or with the pride of a life well-lived. Only what you think will matter.

It’s time to let go of your excuses. It’s time to stop lying to yourself about why you can’t do what you really want to do. You’re not too old, too stuck in your ways, too fearful or too lazy.

It’s a choice—your choice.

I like what my friend Josh Hinds has as the title of his book: It’s Your Life, Live BIG!

It is your life. It’s nobody else’s. No one who has come before or will come after you will have your unique set of talents, knowledge, experience, viewpoints or feelings. It’s time to play full out (no matter how old you are). It’s time to make things matter. It’s time for significance.

I’d love to hear from you about where you feel stuck, where you feel empowered, what fears you have and what you truly want to do. Send me an eMail or enter your comments below this blog post. I promise to read every one.

Two good books I can recommend are The Achievement Code by yours truly and It’s Your Life, Live BIG! by Josh Hinds. Both are available in Kindle and print from Amazon or from our individual websites.

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Can You Retire on $1,230 a Month?

Yes, You Can retire Without MoneyThis message is meant primarily for readers 50 years old and older.

According to the U. S. Social Security Administration, the average monthly Social Security benefit for a retired worker is about $1,230.

That’s the average—yours will be more or less than that based upon what you and your employer have contributed since you began working.

What kind of a lifestyle will you have on your social security check?

Hopefully you have savings, good equity in your home, and a fat 401K to allow you to retire when you want and in the style you would like.

But the vast majority of Americans in the 50-plus range are substantially underfunded when it comes to retirement income. Many have no plan at all.

So this means working at least into their 70’s and/or cutting back substantially on expenses. And that’s not so easy to do.

But I have good news. It doesn’t take a large investment portfolio to retire, it takes an income—a dependable, steady income that will pay you through your golden years.

Because there is such a great need and because there are so many Baby Boomers reaching retirement age over the next few years, we’re creating a complete system in which anyone can design, create and benefit from a “Lifestyle Business”.

I’ve been working on it ever since The Achievement Code came out last year. And I’m excited to be able to help so many people who want to SUBSTANTIALLY improve their retirement years.

It’s all launching in just a few weeks.

But I wanted to tell you about it today, because there is an opportunity for a few individuals to participate at a special price, with personal attention from me, while it is in beta.

This is a chance for you to start (or reinvent) a no- or low-cost, no-risk, lifestyle business of your own with my personal guidance and support.

I’m looking for a handful of serious, committed and hard-working people to create a whole new chapter in their lives.

We’ll be sharing all the great details and the many powerful benefits of our new program over the next few weeks. But I want to start with a very small group of people over the next three months to be used as case studies and success stories. That will also mean some valuable exposure for you and your new business.

If you think you would like to be part of this, contact me so we can chat. Please, only serious inquiries. I don’t want to waste your time or mine.

I’ll explain more when we chat by phone.

Send your name, eMail address and phone number to Michael@SuccessNet.org with LIFESTYLE BIZ in the subject.

I look forward to helping you make your golden years your very BEST years.

Michael Angier

PS: As part of the “Silver Tsunami”, it’s your turn and it’s your time. You can design and create your own business that supports your lifestyle—that’s why we call it a lifestyle business.

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