Feb 09, 2016

The Death of Your True Values


The thought of death does something interesting to most people. It gels their thoughts in such a way as to help them decide what is most valuable to them. You’ve no doubt watched movies, read stories, and heard of people who made drastic changes in their lives when they found out that death was imminent. From a distance, I experienced the death of a billionaire who had throughout his life squashed people under his feet and ruined lives of families to achieve his success. On his deathbed, all that meant nothing. All he longed for was his family and what was left of any friends he had. There is a long quote going around about what Steve Jobs said on his deathbed. From what I could discern, the quote isn’t legitimate. However, during his commencement speech at Stanford University in 2005, he said “Death is very likely the single best invention of life“. He then went on to encourage people to use the knowledge of our impending deaths to spur ourselves to greater heights, and to do what we really want to do in life:

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

How much different that statement is compared to the 90’s saying, “He who dies with the most toys wins!”

What does this subject of “death” and “values” mean to you and why is it even important? My dear friend, Ali Anani, has been writing posts which cause people to stop and ponder the world we live in and what has caused it to become the way it is. (What Unites Us All? and Positive Negativity) When we are young, we feel invincible and as if the fleshly body we possess will last forever. We do risky things that older people call “foolish”, “stupid”, and “frivolous”. Our friends and family are everything to us and there is nothing better than to hang out with our best friends. As we mature, we usually find ourselves taking fewer risks. We find ourselves spending time more and more with those that can “do something” for us. We begin to build our own world of “security” with increasing responsibilities in our career, making a name for ourselves, substantially increasing our financial reserves and assets, etc. Who we are is exchanged for what we want to possess. The loving, fun, energetic, happy and empathetic young person has become isolated, somber, tired, uncaring, and, in some cases, happiness only comes temporarily from external sources.

But, then something causes death to enter the picture. A disease, an accident, or just plain old getting on in years. The closer death comes, the more you think about your life and was it what you really desired it to be. At this point, some people begin creating their “Bucket List”.

So, I stop and wonder, “If we all lived as if our death was imminent, and by that I mean the values that the thought of death brings to the top, would we be more caring? Would we find more ways to be truly happy? Would we be more forgiving? And, most important from my observations of people, would we be true to who we really are and not to the person we have become because of the material things we want to possess? I believe we would live in a world much more united and much more caring, which would create a world of much more abundance of profit.

I believe that the group People Before Profit, will inspire the world of business to change and help the people within organizations to be who they really are with the focus that this will rid the organizations of the “Identity Crisis” they have been in while using the now-antiquated leadership, sales, and business models. Remember the creativity and innovation you experienced as a young person? What if that could be unleashed within all the people in your company? Remember the culture and camaraderie you had as a young person before you had to change? What if that type of Employee Engagement was allowed to grow and build in your company? My dear friend, Brad Fegusson, is leading the charge to make this and so much more a reality. Would you like to be a part and contribute to such a group? Please consider attending the launch of the global organization, People Before Profit, May 12-15, 2016: https://goo.gl/pQnDbm!

+++++++++About Dr. Edward Lewellen++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Dr. Edward Lewellen an expert in creating methodologies for people to learn to use their mind; their beliefs, thoughts, and behaviors, and put them back in control of their lives and become top-producers. He is a Master Executive Coach, leadership and sales expert, and keynote speaker for some of the largest global organizations.

Author of The 90-Second Mind Manager



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