“Do You Live In Vain?”


"I don't want to live in vain like most people." These words were written in the 1944 diary of a 15 year old girl who never had the chance to live her full life. Less than one year after recording these words she was dead. The girl was Anne Frank.

Her diary survived the Holocaust, was translated into 67 languages and became one of the world's most read books, forming the basis for various plays and films.

Because she became the human face of the Holocaust, Anne Frank's short life may not have been in vain, but how true are her words? Do you live your life in vain, or is it full of purpose and meaning?

What is your greatest desire? What stops you from pursuing it--fear,doubt, uncertainty?

Fear may be one of the greatest barriers to achievement, but is itjustified or is it merely perceived? Former US President Franklin D.Roosevelt once famously said "The only thing we have to fear is fearitself." By overcoming the barrier of fear you can achieve many things.  Once you begin to question, you look for answers, and once you startto see them you discover possibilities.

Although she died before she was sixteen, Anne Frank was wise beyondher years, seeing many possibilities for a rewarding life.

Despite knowing real fear, Anne Frank saw potential greatness in thehuman spirit, perhaps no more than when she wrote: "The good newsis you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love!  What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!"


"The final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands." Anne Frank (1929-1945), Holocaust victim.

What character do you form; do you rise above or fall below the norm?

"Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news." Anne Frank.

What good news do you choose to share?

Don't live a life in vain!




Charles Kovess CSP is a lawyer, successful businessman, professional speaker and passion provocateur.

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