I love the following quote by Gandhi, “Live as if you were going to die tomorrow, learn as if you were going to live forever.” This quote is so impactful on both sides of the coin. So many times we are afraid to take chances or try something new simply out of the fear of failure. If you thought you were going to die tomorrow that fear of failure would be gone. So many times we wait for the stars to be aligned before we take action. The real truth is that the stars are very rarely ever aligned before we take action, they get aligned as we take action and adjust our course along the way.
- Life doesn’t owe us anything. In life we don’t get what we want, we get what we deserve. This is where the difference between being busy or being productive comes into play. You can go through your entire life looking or being “busy” but never really being intentional or productive and accomplishing anything. Those people that succeed in life, know the secret formula: do it. They take a chance and try something out of their comfort zone. In the marketplace we get paid in direct proportion to the value that we provide to others. If you focus on ways to create value, you will succeed.
- Remember that someday is not a day of the week. How many times in your life do you say “someday you will do something”? The problem is life always happens and someday never seems to be today. We need to understand that life happens to everyone. Those people that succeed are intentional with their time and their actions and find a way to manage though life.
- When it comes to becoming a life long learner, the world is now at your fingertips. There are so many free resources via podcasts, training websites, blogs, youtube and free online courses that we have no excuse not to learn as we grow. As Charlie Jones said, “You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” The problem with reading for most people is that they see a book and see it as an impossible obstacle to get through so it sits and collects dust. As we have talked about before, it is all in creating habits. Did you realize that if you simply read 10 pages per day, you could read about 12 non fiction books per year? Since I made a goal to read 10 pages per day, I have read more than ever in my life. Does 10 pages sound tough? Within a month you can tackle a 300 page book! You can also listen to a podcast or even an audio book while exercising or even driving to work to expand your knowledge.
- Another tangent of this quote talks about relationships. Next week I will take a deeper dive into my feelings around relationships. I hope you all have a great week. My challenge to all of you reading this is to “do” something and “learn” something this week!