Happy 59th birthday dude

Ted Talk on Death
Intelligent conversation about death and design.

 

 

Happy 59th birthday dude.

 

Nine years ago you began a 10-year journey to “do everything in life you wanted to do” before your 60th birthday.

Why?

A realization that no male on your Dad’s side lived past 60.

Today you turn 59.

This is technically your final Summer.

Are you afraid?

No.

Will you probably live past 60?

Probably.

But nine years ago, and like today and tomorrow, you know no guarantee is ever granted anyone.

The greatest benefit in pursuing your weird and unconventional goal?

Eliminating shoulda, woulda, and coulda from your vocabulary.

And learning how to respect, live, and enjoy peace and contentment.

 

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Happy Earth Day 2018 and Happy 20th anniversary for DAK

 

If today’s Earth Day was your last, would you live the next 24 hours differently?

No.

i’d simply do the same thing i’ve been doing the past nine years…

Living like i mean it.

The final five posts i wrote would have my new contact information.

 

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Death is often the tipping point for a life crisis

hippie sign
From lunch yesterday. And not only hippies but the crazy ones, the outliers, the misfits – you know, the ones who openly and enthusiastically talk about death.

 

Death is often the tipping point for a life crisis.

Why?

My theory is too much goes unspoken while we’re alive.

 

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Knowing i’ll be dead soon helps me make the big decisions

Picking up where we left off yesterday…

 

 

Knowing i’ll be dead soon helps me make the big decisions in life – Steve Jobs

Ditto. – me

 

Our attitude toward death creates our attitude toward life.

Think about that for a minute and ask, “Am i afraid of death? Am i prepared to die? Am i living, right now and all day, like i mean it?”

 

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Wow, what am i doing here?

 

 

Wow, what am i doing here?

In 30 days, year nine concludes and year 10 begins.

Who takes a dreaded cultural phenomenon – Midlife Crisis – and turns it into joy, discovery, opportunity, and purpose?

Mid Life Celebration was a crazy idea i had while teaching the four-day Disney’s Approach to People Management somewhere near the turn of the century.

Bob Spina and i were co-facilitating how the language (specific, carefully chosen words) organizations use determines behavioral outcomes.

Note, the lack of intentionally choosing specific words also determines behavioral outcomes – and the outcomes are not crafted, they are by default, random and unintentional, possibly even detrimental.

Also in this discussion were symbols, values, heritage and traditions, as well as traits and behaviors.

And in the moment, as i was searching for a new way to say the same thing, i told the audience, “Do you have a problem or an opportunity, a problem or a challenge, a midlife crisis or a midlife celebration.”

From a tiny acorn, a mighty Oak does grow.

 

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