On Lionel Logue, The King’s Speech, and Adding Value to Others

You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.  – Zig Ziglar

By J. William DeMarco

ImageWhat do you want to be remembered for?  When you die wouldn’t it be great if people would say, “I was so blessed to know him/her.  I thank God for their influence on my life.”  This is something I ponder often…and something I added to a prayer at the end of a sermon on legacy.

Adding values to others is huge!  Lionel Logue in The King’s Speech is an individual to admire… Before he ascended to the throne, Albert, Duke of York dreaded public speaking because he suffered from a severe stammer. His closing speech at the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley on 31 October 1925 proved an ordeal for speaker and listeners alike. The experience left the Duke resolved to find a way to manage his stammer, so he engaged Logue in 1926

Logue worked with the Duke through the 1930s and 40s. He used tongue-twisters to help his patient rehearse for major speeches, his coronation, and his radio broadcasts to the British Empire throughout the Second World War. The two men remained friends until the King’s death.

In 1944, King George VI appointed Logue a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO), elevating him from Member of the Order (MVO). As declared prior to the closing credits of the film The King’s Speech: “This high honour from a grateful King made [Logue] part of the only order of chivalry that specifically rewards acts of personal service to the Monarch.”

So…when people think about you…do they say “My life is better because of that person?” It is not really all that difficult to get affirmative answer…and the key is to TURN the focus from yourself and start adding value to others.  Indeed a countercultural concept in the world today…but the counterculture is the place to be!  Remember status quo sucks.

John Maxwell offers three principles in doing so:

1) Put others first in your thinking

2) Find out what others need

3) Meet the need with excellence and generosity.

Service before self and excellence is all we do… can equate to an immensely meaningful life and existence, so now I have something to work on today…

Then lagoo, the great boaster,
He the marvellous story-teller,
He the traveller and the talker,
He the friend of old Nokomis,
Made a bow for Hiawatha
—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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