Will You Die Young or Live Forever…or both?

Life is too short

At the ripe old age of 32, I often think about my life, life’s work, and purpose on this earth. I often tell folks who complain / who wait / who fear / and who never get off the starting blocks that life is too short, and life is too long to do something that you don’t love / to worry / to fear / to never start something, anything. So I have committed my life to helping others live their life – no matter how short or long it may be. At the same time I try to remind myself to not be afraid, go learn, play, work hard, create, build….because if I leave tomorrow I want to be proud of what’s left. And if I live to be 110 I want to fill each day with purpose and vitality.

My ability to do this is rooted in my intimate knowledge of myself. I know what I am good at, I believe in my talents, and I maximize my opportunities because of that. I know of a few other folks that I believe did this too. Jonathan Larson died just before his 37th birthday. The Pulitzer Prize winner of the musical Rent lived his life while he was here. His friends and loved ones talked about his passion for his work, and that it excited everyone around him and resulted in art that no one else could have produced. He died young, but he will live forever. At 56 years old, inventor and entrepreneur Steve Jobs died. He built a company and a product that would be so pervasive that it created its own vocabulary. Its products would be synonymous with entire product categories. Next time you fly on any major airline listen to if they say “turn off all mobile devices; that includes mp3 players, tablets, etc,” or if they say “turn off all mobile devices, that includes iPods, iPads, etc.” See what I mean? Because he spent his time alive building and creating; he died young, but will live forever.

So it seems to me that the only course of action for any of us, is to live – and live with purpose and direction. Learning about who you are, and why you are is a never-ending journey, and one that you either need to start or continue, on a regular basis. With the recent creation of our tech startup Project Recreate, we want to help people start that journey. We want you to learn to master yourself, so that every day you live is a day you create, and thrive, and succeed. So check us out, and be sure to follow along as we help people re-create themselves.

Check out our vision for the new startup at http://projectrecreate.com

Published by Dr. Michael D. Anthony

I currently serve as the Vice President of Student Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, IL. I served as an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Louisville and Loyola University in Chicago, IL. In order to expand my life's work beyond my day-to-day job, I started my own consulting work in leadership and diversity in 2008. I completed my Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development at the University of Louisville, where I also earned my Master of Arts degree in Higher Education Administration. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management with a concentration in Marketing from North Carolina State University. A native of Charlotte, NC I am passionate about leadership development, organizational change, and the ability of effective leaders to transform their communities. During my professional career I have made it my personal goal to be a strong and vocal advocate for students, faculty, and staff, and have a life-long vision to empower others to affect positive change in their community. I live in Rochester, MN.

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