Here’s a post written the other day. I was 35,000 feet in the air, traveling, and had just finished watching an inspirational movie, lent to me by a friend. It’s long, so I understand if you’re too busy to read it. Yet I wasn’t going to let that stop me from writing it. Here goes:
02.26.09 35K feet
Are you a chicken?
When was the last time you put yourself on the line?
Bet you’ve thought about it. Everybody does. It’s part of our human DNA. We all dream of doing something great, of putting ourselves on the line.
Here’s the deal.
If you’re like me, you’re insanely busy. You’re also incredibly distracted. And (again), if you’re like me, most likely, a “chicken”.
Please don’t get me wrong. Being afraid is a gift given to humans to help them survive.
It can also, unintentionally, be the very thing that suffocates us.
Yes. Suffocates us.
We go through life, unaware the clock is ticking. We wake up one day, realizing we haven’t yet lived.
This scares the heck out of me.
Today, tomorrow, next week, all month, all year, next year, until I die – I vow to, “Live, before I die.”
May I be so bold as to challenge you? To Live, before you die!
Find a way to be inspired every single day.
I just watched “Saint Ralph”. A story about a 14-year old boy, attending an all-boys Catholic school in the early 1950’s. His Father was killed in a war. His mother on her death bed, although no one will admit it. It appears she’s battling cancer. She goes into a coma and Ralph, her son, hears a story about miracles.
Ralph becomes convinced that if he can perform a miracle, in this case winning the Boston Marathon, then that miracle will lead to the miracle of his Mother coming out of her coma.
Ralph was never really good at anything. He was always getting in trouble.
He digs down deep, loses Boston by one step, and becomes a hero.
All I can tell you (to wrap this up) is that I believe in business and at home, we get an incredible opportunity to make the world a better place.
Today, once again, I’ll work hard for the courage to “put myself on the line” to do just that.
Carpe diem, jungle jeff