On July 25th I scratched another accomplishment off of my bucket list: I drove an Indy car at the Mario Andretti School of Racing. I got up at 4:00 AM so that I could be one of the first in line to hit the asphalt at the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky. It is a lifetime memory that I will never forget.Why, Why, Why
Tony Robbins asks the question, “What is your Why?” Why do we get up in the morning? Why do we do what we do? Why make the effort? Without a “why,” we simply drift through life waiting for life to happen to us. This principle applies to our personal life, as well as our business life.
Life Is To Be Lived
It is all about setting goals, and then going for the gold — the gold of accomplishment. Life is to be lived; it is not a dress rehearsal. It is the real deal, and having something to look forward to, keeps the juices flowing. Every year, my sons (and now my grandsons) and I attend the Indianapolis 500. We have been doing so for many years, and every year I say that I would love to drive an Indy car, and this year I took the ride of a lifetime.
Money Gives You Freedom
It is a good thing to always have something on the horizon waiting for you to arrive. Your Selling career is not about a larger paycheck; it is about what you can do with the money in that larger paycheck. I do not find pleasure in sitting at a table and counting money. Money gives you the freedom to give back to your church and to your community. It gives you the opportunity to travel, and to enjoy life that you may not have experienced if you did not earn the extra income.
Stop Waiting to Die
Just visit the average senior citizen living community, and you will see what I mean. Many seniors with intelligence and ability are just sitting around “waiting to die.” That is a sad commentary for those who live in a country with the opportunity to share their knowledge and experience with those around them. In those same communities, there are seniors who have chosen to live and love and spend their time taking advantage of all the activities that the senior community has to offer. They are not waiting to die . . . they are waiting to serve and live out the remainder of their lives accomplishing something worthwhile.
Thank You, Martha
Martha Bahr lives in a senior community. She is in her 90’s, and every day she loads up the basket on her walker and visits other residents with good cheer and a magical gift from her basket. Martha is a blessing to many, and she has decided to be proactive and to live every moment she has on this earth.
What a Ride
I could have retired years ago, but I decided that I did not want to be the proverbial apple on the tree that ripens and then rots. I want to follow the advice of Robert Wickman who says, “Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming — “Wow… What a Ride!”
Live and Love Every Moment
How is your ride going so far? Do you live for more than checking your paycheck that the i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed, or are you living for the next great adventure? I have a friend, Elizabeth Jeffries, who knows how to live and to love every moment in her life. Being Italian, she set a goal to spend three months living in Italy. She accomplished her goal in 2012, and she kept a journal of her exciting experience which turned out to be a bestselling book on Amazon called 90 Days in Florence: Diary of an Italian Adventure in Tuscany!
Never Too Late
It is never too late or too early to start your journey. The hard part is deciding what your Mount Everest experience is going to be. Once you decide, getting up earlier so that you can make more calls is not something that you will dread, but something that you will look forward to. Maybe it is time for you to take a bigger bite out of the apple that life has for you. Time to wake up and plant the roses.
No Speed Limit
When I hit the 150 mile-an-hour mark on the straightaway at the Kentucky Speedway, I knew that there were no speed limits to what I could accomplish if I set my mind to it. Go ahead, put the pedal to the metal and live!
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