I Did It, And You Can Too
by Joe Bonura, CSP
On July 25th I scratched another accomplishment off of my bucket
list: I drove an Indy car at the Mario Andretti School of Racing.
I got up at 4:00 AM so that I could be one of the first in line
to hit the asphalt at the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky.
It is a lifetime memory that I will never forget.
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Why, Why, Why
Tony Robbins asks the question, "What is your Why?"
Why do we get up in the morning? Why do we do what we do? Why make
the effort? Without a "why," we simply drift through life
waiting for life to happen to us. This principle applies to our
personal life, as well as our business life.
Life Is To Be Lived
It is all about setting goals, and then going for the gold --
the gold of accomplishment. Life is to be lived; it is not a dress
rehearsal. It is the real deal, and having something to look forward
to, keeps the juices flowing. Every year, my sons (and now my grandsons)
and I attend the Indianapolis 500. We have been doing so for many
years, and every year I say that I would love to drive an Indy car,
and this year I took the ride of a lifetime.
Money Gives You Freedom
It is a good thing to always have something on the horizon waiting
for you to arrive. Your Selling career is not about a larger paycheck;
it is about what you can do with the money in that larger paycheck.
I do not find pleasure in sitting at a table and counting money.
Money gives you the freedom to give back to your church and to your
community. It gives you the opportunity to travel, and to enjoy
life that you may not have experienced if you did not earn the extra
Stop Waiting to Die
Just visit the average senior citizen living community, and you
will see what I mean. Many seniors with intelligence and ability
are just sitting around "waiting to die." That is a sad
commentary for those who live in a country with the opportunity
to share their knowledge and experience with those around them.
In those same communities, there are seniors who have chosen to
live and love and spend their time taking advantage of all the activities
that the senior community has to offer. They are not waiting to
die . . . they are waiting to serve and live out the remainder of
their lives accomplishing something worthwhile.
Thank You, Martha
Martha Bahr lives in a senior community. She is in her 90's, and
every day she loads up the basket on her walker and visits other
residents with good cheer and a magical gift from her basket. Martha
is a blessing to many, and she has decided to be proactive and to
live every moment she has on this earth.
What a Ride
I could have retired years ago, but I decided that I did not want
to be the proverbial apple on the tree that ripens and then rots.
I want to follow the advice of Robert Wickman who says, "Life
is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely
in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside,
thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming --
"Wow... What a Ride!"
Live and Love Every Moment
How is your ride going so far? Do you live for more than checking
your paycheck that the i's are dotted and the t's are crossed, or
are you living for the next great adventure? I have a friend, Elizabeth
Jeffries, who knows how to live and to love every moment in her
life. Being Italian, she set a goal to spend three months living
in Italy. She accomplished her goal in 2012, and she kept a journal
of her exciting experience which turned out to be a bestselling
book on Amazon called 90 Days in Florence: Diary of an Italian Adventure
Never Too Late
It is never too late or too early to start your journey. The hard
part is deciding what your Mount Everest experience is going to
be. Once you decide, getting up earlier so that you can make more
calls is not something that you will dread, but something that you
will look forward to. Maybe it is time for you to take a bigger
bite out of the apple that life has for you. Time to wake up and
plant the roses.
No Speed Limit
When I hit the 150 mile-an-hour mark on the straightaway at the
Kentucky Speedway, I knew that there were no speed limits to what
I could accomplish if I set my mind to it. Go ahead, put the pedal
to the metal and live!
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