A week ago today, my husband’s hero, mentor and friend passed away. His boss, a renowned attorney, passed away at the age of 56. It was far too early if you ask me.
Larry was extremely well known in the Tennessee legal community. He was president of the state bar association, had a mile-long list of accomplishments and accolades, and was renowned for his legal prowess.
Yet, during the many eulogies at his funeral on Saturday, we didn’t hear about those things.
Instead, we heard about his laugh that would fill a room. His hearty appetite. His love of hunting and Tennessee football. We heard about how proud he was of his two boys and how much he loved helping others.
He was a great man that made an impact on so many people. And, he serves as a fantastic example of how life should be lived.
In 10 days, four different people I know have died. One of which, many of you knew too (at least online).
I realize this deviates from the marketing and business tips you find here. But, these losses serves as an important reminder about how short life can be.
If I can give you any advice, it would be this…
Your job isn’t your life’s work.
Yes, business is important. And we all certainly want to be successful. But, there is much more to life than that.
It is far too easy to get caught up in the daily grind and our desire for success that we often take for granted the very things that are right in front of us – our family, our friends, our health, our talents.
I implore you to be thankful for the many blessings that are in your life today.
And, with each passing day, I urge you to live every day as if it were your last.
Find your passion.
Share your gifts.
Care about others.
Give far more than you receive.
Hold your friends close and your family closer.
If you do those things, I’m confident you’ll find success – not just in business, but in life.
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