"The Man, The Mission, The Passion" Husband, Father, Attorney, CPA, Steward Leader, Entrepreneur, MBA, Author, Builder, HBS OPM 25 Class, Mentor, Teacher

The Time of Your Life

life is short

Someday you will run out of somedays… as in someday I will do this or someday I will do that or someday down the road I will take time to be happy, to be content, relaxed or spend more time with those I love or write that note of appreciation to a person that made all the difference or make that list of blessings for which to be grateful.

And it is not really so much a matter of time as it is of energy. It is possible to grow weary and let our efforts flag. It is a rare person who does not spend too much time in front of the “One Eyed God” or surf the net a bit too long. We all need our downtime, but to quote Thoreau: “As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.” (“Economy,” Walden, 1854).

I find that if I set goals and make plans and invest myself in them I have more energy and the far off peaks of my chosen mountaintops pull me forward. Deadlines and commitments help too as does being part of a team that I am responsible to and others that I would never want to let down.

My goal always was “To Live No Ordinary Life, To Live the Life Extraordinaire”. At different times that has meant different things; at one point it was to run the best and biggest business I could; today that is tertiary (#1 is being a good father/partner/friend, #2 is going to bed a bit better person than when I woke in a world a bit better for my having spent another day in it, with the business now #3). Yet it is all intertwined: The better person/father/partner/friend I am, the better leader I am and the better business I can build.

Closing Quotes:

“Life is short, God’s way of encouraging a bit of focus.” – Robert Brault

“Most of us spend our lives as if we had another one in the bank.” – Ben Irwin

“If you wait, all that happens is that you get older.” – Larry McMurtry, Some Can Whistle

As always, I share what I most want/need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier


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