Wisdom from Hank Wasiak

Half full or half empty? It’s both!

Focus on what’s in the glass.

I am 66 years old and have been blessed to have a good life, a wonderful family and a pretty successful career. At age 60 I discovered Asset-Based Thinking and since then I have found more meaning in work, determination, personal fulfillment, confidence and humility than I could ever have imagined. As I contemplated what’s ahead, I found it rewarding to look back through the lens of Asset-Based Thinking and imagine the upside of the future.

Here are five ABT insights that are guiding me that I hope will help you.

Power is Who You Are Not What You Have.

You always have something of value to add. Always. Be Authentic. Expose yourself. Rather than relying on external sources to fuel your progress, look inside yourself to find your Signature Presence…your unique combination of passions, capabilities, qualities, values and beliefs. Let passion be your power and the most magnetic version of you will shine through. Embrace your assets. Never doubt them. Put them out there for people to see and watch what happens.

Forget Perfection. Pursue Progress.

Preoccupation with eliminating flaws to achieve perfection is pointless and invites self-absorption. Relentlessly pursuing progress promotes self-awareness and growth….Continue reading on InspireMeToday.com.

Hank is the author of Change The Way You See Everything, a book about our assets, including who we are, what we are, and what we bring to the world.

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Huber F.
Huber F5 years ago


Duane B.
.5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Magdalen B.
Magdalen B5 years ago

Half full or half empty as long as there's something there worth drinking.....

Marianne Barto
Marianne B5 years ago

You are a very fortunate man to have the life you live. Unfortunately, the majority of people were not as "lucky". We cannot change our past, or look into the future, so stay focused on today. If we can cope, or give ourselves or some other person hope, or just be kinder and nicer, I beleive we can inspire ourselves.

Joan Earnshaw
Joan Earnshaw5 years ago

I'd like to add that if you cannot consider what you have, and you are tired & depressed--have your thyroid checked. You can find it impossible to be positive with a very underactive thyroid.
But you may have to have all 3 tests done to find out--TSH, T4 and T3. TSH is usual all that is checked and it can be "normal" which either T4 or T3 are very much not ok. I have always been a person who sees the glass half-full, but I lost that for about 10 years before finding a dr who would listen. It's taken quite a while to work out the proper Rx and nutrition, but now I have a life again--with a half -full glass. :)

Jennifer C.
Past Member 5 years ago


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paul m5 years ago


Sue H.
Sue H5 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Carmen S.
Carmen S5 years ago

very interesting, thanks for sharing this

Hank W.
Hank W.5 years ago

Thanks so much to my friend Gail for giving me the opportunity to share some of our asset-based thinking mindset. She is an incredibly wonderful and caring person. Thanks also Apolonia and Rosie for your kind words...welcome to our positive asset based thinking conspiracy.

Hank Wasiak