Sometimes in life you run across a song, saying, verse or poem that just makes the hair stand up on the back of your neck and gives you goose bumps everytime you view or listen to it. This one really hits home for me. Hope you enjoy.
Before we break this down into its many meanings we want to give full credit to Prince Ea for the video, lyrics and this tremendous gift Everybody Dies, But Not Everybody Lives.
“It is not death most people are afraid of, it is getting to the end of life only to realize that you never truly lived.”
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“There was a study done, a hospital study, on 100 elderly people, facing death, close to their last breath. They were asked to reflect about their life’s biggest regret. Nearly all of them said they regretted not the things they did, but the things they didn’t do. The risks they never took. The dreams they didn’t pursue. I ask you, would your last words be, if only I had.”
“Hey, you, wake up. Why do you exist? Life is not meant to simply work, wait for the weekend, and pay rent. No, no, I don’t know much, but I know this, every person on this earth has a gift, and I apologize to the black community, but I can no longer pretend Martin Luther King, that man never had a dream. That dream had him. See, people don’t choose dreams, dreams choose them, so the question I’m getting to is, do you have the courage to grab the dream that picked you? That befits you and grips you. Or will you let it get away and slip through?”
If you made it to here and you are an entrepreneur, this is very powerful. If you look at it as the dream to start your particular business picked you, you did not pick the dream, you may see things differently next time the chips are down. Think about it a moment, if you were picked out of 8 Billion people to start that business you dreamed of would you not poor every piece of energy of your life into it? Then do it, and do it now.
“I learned a fact about airplanes the other day. This was so surprising. I was talking to a pilot and he told me that many of his passengers think planes are dangerous to fly in, but he said, “Actually, it is a lot more dangerous for a plane to stay on the ground.” I said, “What? How does that sound?” Well, he said … he said, “Because, on the ground the plane starts to rust, malfunction and wear much faster than it ever would if it was in the air.” As I walked away, I thought, yeah, makes total sense because planes were built to live in the skies, and every person was built to live out the dream they have inside. So it is perhaps the saddest loss to live a life on the ground without ever taking off.”
“Most of us are afraid of the thief that comes in the night to steal all of our things, but there is a thief in your mind who is after your dreams. His name is doubt. If you see him, call the cops and keep him away from the kids because he is wanted for murder, for he has killed more dreams than failure ever did. He wears many disguises, and like a virus, will leave you blinded, divided and turn you into a kinda.”
“You see, kinda is lethal. You know what kinda is. There’s a lot of kinda people. You kinda want a career change. You kinda want to get straight A’s. You kinda want to get in shape. Simple math, no numbers to crunch. If you kinda want something, then you will kinda get the results you want.”
WOW, doubt kills more dreams than failure ever did, and turns into kinda. I am kinda doing the work I know I need to do to be successful. If you know this is true, don’t let doubt kill your dreams. When failure happens, and it will as an entrepreneur, next time just get up off the ground, dust yourself off, and keep moving before doubt creeps in.
“What is your dream? What ignites that spark? You can’t kinda want that. You got to want it with every part of your whole heart. Will you struggle? Yeah. Yeah, you will struggle, no way around it. You will fall many times, but who’s counting. Just remember, there’s no such thing as a smooth mountain. If you want to make it to the top, then there are sharp ridges that must be stepped over. There will be times you get stressed and things you get depressed over. But let me tell you something, Steven Spielberg was rejected from film school three times. Three times. But he kept going. The television execs fired Oprah, said she wasn’t fit for TV, but she kept going. Critics told Beyonce that she couldn’t sing. She went through depression, but she kept going.”
“Struggle and criticisms are prerequisites for greatness. That is the law of this universe and no one escapes it because pain is life, but you can choose what type. Either the pain on the road to success, or the pain of being haunted with regret.”
A simple choice really, will you swallow the Red pill or the Blue pill? But those close to death have already given you the answer which one you should choose if you want to really live life.
“You want my advice? Don’t think twice. We have been given a gift that we call life, so don’t blow it. You were not defined by your past, instead, you were born anew in each moment, so own it, now.”
“Sometimes you got to leap and grow your wings on the way down. Better you get a shot off before the clock runs out because there ain’t overtime in life, no do over. And I know I sound like I’m preaching, or speaking with force, but if you don’t use your gift, then you sell not only yourself, but the whole world, short.”
As long as you are above ground, it’s still not too late to share your gift, your dream, your song with the world … with the universe. You can’t change your beginning, but you still have the chance to write a new ending.
“So what invention that you have buried in your mind? What idea? What cure? What skill do you have inside to bring out to this universe? Uni meaning one. Verse meaning song. You have a part to play in this song, so grab that microphone and be brave. Sing your heart out on life’s stage. You can not go back and make a brand new beginning, but you can start now and make a brand new ending.”
A true marvel motivational poem, from start to finish. All I ask, is if this had any impact on you as well, is will you pay it forward as well and share.
Stacey Riska, aka "Small Business Stacey" is a serial entrepreneur who is passionate about saving small - and not so small - businesses one marketing plan at a time. She helps business owners become a #SmallBizMarketingWiz by teaching them marketing strategies that get MORE: MORE leads, MORE customers/clients/patients, MORE sales, and MORE profit. Stacey's in-demand "Small Biz Marketing Success Coaching and Mastermind Program" is transforming the businesses - and lives - of those who want wealth, freedom, and market domination. Her highly acclaimed book "Small Business Marketing Made EZ" lays out the 6-simple-step plan to get your marketing into ACTION - literally and figuratively. Stacey is also the creator of Cups To Gallons, the place where independent coffee, smoothie, juice bar, ice cream, dessert and snack shop owners go to learn how get into lucrative catering so they stop selling by the cup and start selling by the gallon. In this program she teaches from experience, as it was the key strategy that transformed her coffee and smoothie business from being $500K in debt to a 7-figure profitable business. When not saving the small business world, she enjoys sipping red wine, eating chocolate (who doesn't!) and spending time with her amazing husband.
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