Imagine on your deathbed you were able to see two films of your life: One showed highlights of what you actually achieved. And then the other showed highlights of what you could have achieved with your ability, your talent, the opportunities that came your way etc.
It would probably bring you to tears to know what else you could have done. The heights you could have climbed. The people you could have met. The races you could have run. The ideas you could have made happen. The change you could have made.
If only when you had come to the edge, you hadn’t taken that step back to safety.
If you had just kept going after failing that one time. If only you had believed in that crazy dumb idea enough to tell the world about it.
Yes, if only you hadn’t, well, played so damn small.
The piece above was written by David Hieatt, co-founder of The Do Lectures*, which was started to narrow the distance between the Two Films.
There are those that do and those that would like to, but never do.
There are startups that exist, but very few make a difference.
Be the change you want to see in the world. Don’t wait for opportunity to come your way, create your own.
You only get one shot. Make it count.
*I was lucky enough to be one of the 100 attendees at this 4-day Ideas festival in the Welsh wilderness (‘where TED meets Burning Man’). Our bodies were frozen from the weather but our hearts were warm. Do Lectures is like one, big group hug. If you do go next year, prepare to meet some of the most inspiring, lovely people you’ll ever meet. And be humbled by the change they’ve made in their worlds. Just be prepared to feel inspired to go do something amazing.