Friday, November 6, 2009

DON'T take it to the grave with you...

So I was thinking the other day about all the things that I have the ability to do, but don't do. Unfortunately, a good friend of mine and her mother lost their dad/husband to cancer in October. I went to the funeral services, and there literally were people from all over the world that flew in to pay their last respects to a gentle giant that is with us no more. He was a living example of making the best out of what you have, and touching the lives of the people that you come in contact with. Regret is something that he didn't take to the grave with him. I'm truly grateful for the limited time that I got to spend with Dr. Kakoma while he was here.

In the month of October, we also lost another giant in the business and personal development industry. Paul J. Meyer was one of the most positive people I have ever met in my life. He set records in the insurance industry at a very young age, and his books and audio series have helped countless thousands become successful. He too was another person that took advantage of every opportunity to be great. He made billions of dollars over the course of his life, and he gave a lot of it away to those who were less fortunate than he was.

My question to you is "What are you taking with you to the grave... and should you?" In other words, are there gifts that you have that should be shared with the world? I read an analogy once that said that the grave yard had more buried treasures than any other place on the planet because people died with their songs still in them... their books still in them... their plays still in them... their inventions still in them... their... you get the point. IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY! Everyday, we have the ability to do something with our lives. There are gifts in you that need to be shared with the world, and if you don't share them will end up as buried treasure in a cemetery.

Richard M. DeVos once said "The only thing that stands between a man and what he wants from life is often merely the will to try it and the faith to believe that it is possible." Those words are so true. We don't always succeed the first time that we try something. Success takes effort. But a person can never be successful if he or she never tries. I was listening to a Jim Rohn audio (I listen to a lot of him and other positive speakers) and one of the things he was talking about was when your life has ended, let there be a tally of your successes and your failures, but NOT of the times that you didn't even try.

Les Brown said "Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly until you get it right." I'm sure others have said something like that before... he may have even gotten that from somebody else. The point is that nothing beats a failure but a try! The fact that I still have breath in my body means that there is still a purpose for me here on earth. The same goes for you. Fall in love with whatever it is you are passionate about, and share it with the rest of the world. We never know how long we will be on this planet, buy while we are here let's live it up!

Suggested Readings:
The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson

The Magic of Believing by Claud Bristol

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