“Do you wish to be great? Then begin by being. Do you desire to construct a vast and lofty fabric? Think first about the foundations of humility. The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be its foundation.” — Saint Augustine

Perhaps the greats do what they do because their crescendo is unfettered by illusions of grandeur, pure and not diluted by greed. In 1957, Warren Buffett purchased a five-bedroom stucco house in Omaha, where he still lives, for $31,500. He has pledged to donate up to 99% of his wealth to charity, for in the end, it all goes back in the box anyway.

Lou Gehrig was a superstar in beloved game of baseball and stricken with ALS in his prime. His farewell speech to the fans has a memorable line, “Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of this earth.”

Finding your crescendo is a gift. Keeping it in tact requires the humility to know that Camelot may not last forever, but with a passion doing what you do, it can last a lifetime.

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