We have the incredible privilege of working with a lot of entrepreneurs to make The Hum happen. Working with incredibly determined, intelligent, and insightful people each day has its perks. Each Wednesday, we share another piece of what we’ve learned from our journey working with some of the most inspiring people around.
You can catch up on those articles here.
But this week is a little different.
One of our favorite themes from yesterday’s interview with Jared O’Toole of Under30Experiences was the idea that everyone should at least consider alternative lifestyles.
As Jared said, “You meet interesting people traveling. They’re working with nomadic lifestyles, they’re going city to city, doing bar serving jobs here and freelancing there. You realize that there are a lot of ways to make it work and be happy… I don’t think careers are a bad thing, but I think it is important to be hit with all of these other ideas rather than just taking the standard path.”
We had an article in the works exploring some prominent people that live out these alternative lifestyles and how you could make it work for you.
That is what this article was supposed to be about.
Then we had a change of plans.
Dave (CEO) and I (Tim) were driving into Boston for a meet up with some startup founders at a WeWork space in the city and to conduct an interview while Bo (COO), who was not feeling well, stayed behind to work on some writing.
We never made it. We were in a pretty serious car accident along the way. (That makes it sound like not all car accidents are serious. After yesterday, I now have the opinion that they all are.)
(Also, I would share pictures but given that these people could come after our soon-to-be billion-dollar company, I have been advised not to, legally.)
And before I go any further, I need to say that we are completely okay. We were lucky. The car we thought was going to hit us swerved at the last second, leaving a second car traveling far less fast to hit us instead. We got checked out. We are sore, but nothing more. It could have been a lot worse.
But, again, we are totally fine. This isn’t an article about pity; it is an article about perspective.
To say that we were close to dying is probably a bit dramatic, but we were certainly closer to dying than we have been in a long time (even though we all threaten to kill each other at least once a week).
Having that happen does something to do.
It makes you realize that none of us have any idea how long we have.
We talked, half-jokingly, about all of the stuff that would have been left undone had something far worse happened.
But at the same time, I think we were both extremely glad that we would have spent our last 6 months or so tackling The Hum and everything that comes with it rather than doing something we did not love.
We are not people who lack urgency. But we now realize, probably more than ever, that we do not have any time to waste.
So, our message to you this morning is simply this: Stop waiting.
What stuff would be left undone if the worst happened to you today? What dreams are you keeping inside? What feelings are you hiding? What grudges are you holding onto for no reason?
Let go of all of that shit today.
Do not spend another day, another hour, another minute doing something that does not fill you up with as much joy as possible.
Do not waste another second of inactivity, knowing in the back of your mind that you always have tomorrow to change things. You might not.
Find what sets your soul on fire and then go do that thing. Now.
Fix your relationships. Now.
Tell the people who you love that you love them. Now.
Figure out how you are going to leave your mark on this insane thing we call the world and then start leaving it. Now.
There are no excuses, no second chances, no do-overs.
This is the one opportunity you have. And we are asking, begging, pleading that you do not waste it.
That, instead, you lay it all on the line, every single day. You throw yourself into something that you are uncontrollably passionate about, every single day. You suck every single ounce out of life, every single day.
Please, do those things.
You have no idea how long you have left.
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