I read somewhere that the richest place in the world is not the bank but the graveyard. It’s where potential is left 6 feet under and unrealized dreams, ideas, abilities, talents are lost forever.
Looking at accomplished actors, artists, businessmen who have left the world but left an impact in the world, who are legends in their own right but are no longer with us…they in their lifetime, left a legacy of proof that they produced the most results, happiness, content to the world. Just think of the people in their own field of speciality. Take Michael Jackson, Robin Williams and Steve Jobs for example. These great legends inspire people in a huge way bringing music, humor, gadgets that change lives in a massive way. Each of which had their share of ups and downs but regardless, they were producers that added value to life.
Like this story elegantly puts it:
“Imagine on your deathbed, standing around you are the ghost of your dreams, the ideas, the abilities, the talents GIVEN to you by life and that YOU for whatever REASON, you never WENT after that dream, you never ACTED on those ideas,you never USED those talents, you never USED those gifts, there they are standing around you on your bed, looking at you with large angry eyes saying WE came to YOU only YOU could have given us LIFE and now we must DIE with you FOREVER…”
It’s time to achieve and live life to the fullest. Every single day counts, every single day matters.
Studies show that it takes 5 years for a bamboo tree to grow to its fullest height.
But it requires consistent daily cultivation, watering, fertilizer and pest control to get it to where it needs to be, a strong and thriving bamboo tree at the 5th year.
It’s the daily actions that matter. I learned this from Brendon Burchard, author of the Millionaire Messenger. He states that a huge part of succeeding in life is in the area of knowing your mission. Once you know that, all you need to do is master your mind and craft your life the way you want it to be. But it will take work, cultivation and discipline. There are no shortcuts, you’ve got to learn how to say no to distractions and push forward towards completing your life goals with absolute clarity and focus.
The only way to do this is to focus on what’s most important. Doing one thing at a time. Coming from the age of digital A.D.D, I’ve been constantly flooded with information overload, overloaded opportunities and trying to do everything at one go. This in turn becomes my very own enemy.
Doing one thing at a time, everyday will eventually lead to mastery in skill. If there’s one thing that I’ve learned, it’s in taking time to master one skill, doing it well.
Speaking of skills, I happened to watch Asia’s Got Talent on Astro recently and one of the most moving scene that caught my eye was this 12 year old Thai girl who played the ukulele and within 2 years she had complete mastery of the instrument, which one of the judges said was a “toy”. I wish I could find the clip and post it here but when she strummed the ukulele, everyone was moved. It was amazing. Her father was in tears and everyone was in tears. Including me. Even a “toy” can be mastered.
With that said, what would be a skill, talent, dream and goals that you would like to achieve and not have it buried 6ft under and show it to the world? It takes courage to do so but courage comes from faith and believing in yourself.
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take…