Do you want to be known for how incredibly you live your life, or for how incredible your resume reads? For the record, your answers do not have to be mutually exclusive. The opportunity is to begin to explore the answer younger than we have traditionally even asked the question. The potential Don’t Die ™ title that comes to mind is: Don’t Die Only Living for Your Resume!
I have created a livelihood helping late boomers (and late bloomers) explore these questions. Usually when a client comes to explore these questions they are in an enormous amount of psychological career pain. It is not uncommon that a client has been outplaced from their job, business or career when they are exploring these questions. What my work has taught me is that we must, as an educational standard protocol, begin to teach our children to explore these questions from the time they enter kindergarten.
There is a book I regularly recommend to my clients on the subject, Mark Albion’s Berrett-Koehler publication, More Than Money. Mark recently did a 15 minute commencement speech (you can watch or read the transcript from this link), that is worth every minute no matter what your age.
Dr. Success Challenge: If you were living an incredible life that was also your livelihood, what would you be doing?
For this record, this is your summer school Don’t Die Principles of Responsibility #3: You can make excuses, or you can achieve your goals, but you cannot do both.
Only you live your life. Only you can create your life. Only you can make excuses for your life or achieve your life goals. The choice is really yours!