Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today. (author: Benjamin Franklin) My dad spent the last several years of his life waiting for his retirement and he loved to talk about what he would do when he finally hit the magic age of 60 years old. His aim was to finish building the solar panels he designed, construct the 2-seater ultra light airplane he invented, find more time to paint (he was an artist), and become even fitter (he was already in good shape for a man in his late 50’s). My dad’s dreams sustained him. In fact, it was a family tradition to buy him a new workout t-shirt each year for his birthday. Essentially the text on the t-shirts read … “3 more years to go until retirement” … “2 more years to go until retirement”. He never made it to “1 more year until retirement”. My dad was killed in a car accident while overseas on business in 1988. He would have retired in 1990. During my speech at my wedding, when it was time to remember my dad, I told everyone that I learned a powerful lesson from my dad’s experience. It was about living in the NOW because none of us know how long we have on earth. Constantly putting off what you love to do and/or enduring a job we hate is absurd because life is too precious to waste any time. Today I can honestly say that I love what I do. My passion is my business and although I’m working harder than I ever did working for someone else, I’m excited every morning by the prospect of working for myself, designing new helmet covers, creating new marketing campaigns, and meeting new customers. What about you? Are you living in the NOW or are you waiting for life to change for you? What changes do you need to make so you aren’t putting off your goals and desires?
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