Death. The single best invention of life.

My friend Haje Jan Kamps, founder of Life Folder posted this today:

I’m doing a lot of thinking about death at the moment. But it turns out it’s 99% thinking about what it means to be alive.

His post struck a chord with me.

That’s because this is exactly why The Happy Startup School exists – to help people better understand their role in the world, before it’s too late. It’s best encapsulated in one quote from Wayne Dyer:

“Don’t die with the music still in you.”

This is our role. And we feel the urgency.

As Kees Klomp says in his recent TEDx talk, you don’t find your purpose, purpose finds you.

Life is too fucking short. And for many it’s only when the chips are down, and time has run out, that they realise what was important.

This is what drives us every day.

To shake people up. To get them to realise what matters. And crucially, to start making some changes towards the future they crave.

It’s been said a million times before, but it’s true…

You only get one shot.

So take heed from those that work with people nearing the end of their life (or others, like me, that have got close themselves).

  • Work on stuff that matters
  • Spend more time with people you love
  • Don’t work too hard
  • Be courageous enough to say how you feel
  • And, most important of all, live a life that’s true to who you are

At The Happy Startup School we run events and courses for people that are on the path to creating a more meaningful future, and don’t want to do it alone.

*Thanks to Steve Jobs for the quote. Image credit: The Verve, History