I often tend to think about life and how I am doing and how far I have come. I want to make sure that my life is currently at its fullest. That I am actually enjoying everything I do and learn. In one of my brief moments, I have realized that I do live a pretty decent life. I also realized that my life is fast approaching old age, 25 to be exact. I know its not that old to people in their 30's, but its always older than what you want it to be. Im closer to becoming extinct. You, like every one else on this planet lives a finite life and its what we make of it that tells how people will remember us. This reminds me of a quote out of Troy(2004) the movie.
Are the stories true? They say your mother was an immortal goddess. They say you can't be killed.
I wouldn't be bothering with the shield then, would I?
The Thesselonian you're fighting... he's the biggest man i've ever seen. I wouldn't want to fight him.
Thats why no-one will remember your name.
Achilles is remembered still to this day about the things he accomplished in the past. Human history is a interesting thing. Do you think that 1000 years from now, someone will remember you? Someone will remember Barack Obama? Someone will remember George Washington? I ask this question to my self plenty of times. In the old days, when there were very few historians, history could not remember every single person on this planet. History only told about the well known, the greats. Do you truly have to fight the biggest and strongest man anymore to be remembered? Do you really have to work hard to create something beautiful that will be remembered?
I keep questioning three things in my life.
- Will I be remembered?
- Did I have fun doing it?
- Whats next?
To break these down, two of the three points have to deal with fun and excitement while the third has to do with history. I want to make the argument, that its your life, your journey and your expectations. If you live a great life and enjoy what you have done, then why try to be remembered. Why even care about being remembered if you had a great life.
I argue that life and the journey is not about being remembered, but by creating a great life. Your life is all you have. Why worry if anyone else remembers it. You remembered it and thats all that counts. This doesn't mean that I don't want to be remembered because I do. This means that you don't have to fight or kill the biggest man that you have ever seen or fight that hardest fight you have ever fought. What it means is just have fun doing it and if the history books choose to remember you, then they will.
So the question I am asking you is why are you working on your next idea, your next project, your next adventure? Are you doing it for others approval or are you doing it for your enjoyment. Don't create something that others will remember, create something that you will love and enjoy.
My goals in this life are vast and far between, but they are for me and are my hopes and dreams. Not others.
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You know, I have always wondered like every other entrepreneur what makes some people just so successful and others not successful. I wrote a blog post a while back on one of my other blogs, I thought I would move over to this one because well it was just so damn popular. In working with my startup or just one of my start up ideas at DrinkingFor I have to live by the rules stated in that post in which I also found them at GoDaddy in which Bob Parsons is the original author. I am not trying to take his stage, but rather spread the ideas. Make them known to more people in more places in more types of crowds. He wrote some 16 rules to live by and I just wanted to express them to the technical crowd that reads this blog.
A vast many of these can be used in an entrepreneur type environment and I feel thats where I am moving more and more every day. So to be as powerful and rich as Parsons, I will start by living by what he says are rules to live by.
1. Get and stay out of your comfort zone.
I believe that not much happens of any significance when we're in our
comfort zone. I hear people say, "But I'm concerned about security." My
response to that is simple: "Security is for cadavers."
2. Never give up.
Almost nothing works the first time it's attempted. Just
because what you're doing does not seem to be working, doesn't mean it
won't work. It just means that it might not work the way you're doing
it. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it, and you wouldn't have
3. When you’re ready to quit, you’re closer than you think.
There's an old Chinese saying that I just love, and I believe it is so
true. It goes like this: "The temptation to quit will be greatest just
before you are about to succeed."
4. With regard to whatever worries you, not only accept the
worst thing that could happen, but make it a point to quantify what the
worst thing could be.
Very seldom will the worst consequence be anywhere near as bad as a
cloud of "undefined consequences." My father would tell me early on,
when I was struggling and losing my shirt trying to get Parsons
Technology going, "Well, Robert, if it doesn't work, they can't eat
5. Focus on what you want to have happen.
Remember that old saying, "As you think, so shall you be."
6. Take things a day at a time.
No matter how difficult your situation is, you can get through
it if you don't look too far into the future, and focus on the present
moment. You can get through anything one day at a time.
7. Always be moving forward.
Never stop investing. Never stop improving. Never stop doing
something new. The moment you stop improving your organization, it
starts to die. Make it your goal to be better each and every day, in
some small way. Remember the Japanese concept of Kaizen. Small daily
improvements eventually result in huge advantages.
8. Be quick to decide.
Remember what General George S. Patton said: "A good plan
violently executed today is far and away better than a perfect plan
9. Measure everything of significance.
I swear this is true. Anything that is measured and watched, improves.
10. Anything that is not managed will deteriorate.
If you want to uncover problems you don't know about, take a few
moments and look closely at the areas you haven't examined for a while.
I guarantee you problems will be there.
11. Pay attention to your competitors, but pay more attention to what you’re doing.
When you look at your competitors, remember that everything looks
perfect at a distance. Even the planet Earth, if you get far enough
into space, looks like a peaceful place.
12. Never let anybody push you around.
In our society, with our laws and even playing field, you have just as
much right to what you're doing as anyone else, provided that what
you're doing is legal. If the law is unfair to
you and others, you should do everything in your power to see that
doesn't happen anymore going along with not allowing anyone to push you
around. Imagine if Rosa Parks would have obeyed the
laws! [Thanks Katrina]
13. Never expect life to be fair.
Life isn't fair. You make your own breaks. You'll be doing good if the
only meaning fair has to you, is something that you pay when you get on
a bus (i.e., fare).
14. Solve your own problems.
You'll find that by coming up with your own solutions, you'll develop a
competitive edge. Masura Ibuka, the co-founder of SONY, said it best:
"You never succeed in technology, business, or anything by following
the others." There's also an old Asian saying that I remind myself of
frequently. It goes like this: "A wise man keeps his own counsel."
15. Don’t take yourself too seriously.
Lighten up. Often, at least half of what we accomplish is due to luck.
None of us are in control as much as we like to think we are.
16. There’s always a reason to smile.
Find it. After all, you're really lucky just to be alive. Life is
short. More and more, I agree with my little brother. He always reminds
me: “We’re not here for a long time, we’re here for a good time!”
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