Back in the day there was this guy named H.B. Zachry. He would start a construction company called Zachry Construction. The company was into Building bridges, buildings, freeways, and oil infrastructure. His company would grow to become the largest contractor in Texas. Although he was successful and rich, he would donate gobs and gobs of money to education related charity including his own Ala Mater, Texas A&M. He was responsible for getting thousands of people through school and was an all around humble guy. He didn’t advertise. There were no hospitals, or schools (while he was alive) named after him. But he had a philosophy. He wrote some Brilliant words:
“I do not choose to be a common man. It is my right to be uncommon if I can. I seek opportunity — not security. I will refuse to be a kept citizen, to be humbled and dulled by having my state and nation look after me. I want to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed — never to be numbered among those weak and timid souls who have known neither victory nor defeat. I know that happiness can come only from the inside through hard constructive work and sincere positive thinking. I know that the so-called pleasures of the moment should not be confused with a state of happiness. I know that I can get a measure of inner satisfaction from any job if I intelligently plan and courageously execute it. I know that, if I put forth every iota of strength that I possess — physical, mental, spiritual — toward the accomplishment of a worthwhile task, ere I fall exhausted by the wayside, the Unseen Hand will reach out and pull me through. Yes, I want to live dangerously, plan my procedures on the basis of calculated risks, to resolve the problems of everyday living in to a measure of inner peace. I know if I know how to do all this, I will know how to live, and if I know how to live, I will know how to die.”
— H. B. Zachry
He was a Libertarian before there were Libertarians. His words should remind those who read them, that if you’re looking to government to provide you with your vision of a great life, you will not find happiness! Happiness comes from inside. Things that make some happy, do not make others happy. It is subjective, but one thing that is certain is that when most of us work toward our goals, we find happiness. No one will ever find happiness by living at the hand of others.
Read and heed H.B. Zachry’s words.