Tony Robbins says “Everyone’s life is either a warning or an example”. You’ve seen the saying “No matter how big your house is, how recent your car is, or how big your bank account is. Our graves will always be the same size.” It’s a saying that while serving as a reminder to stay humble, it also dismisses what you accomplish in life.

While we all may end up in the same size hole, there’s so much more to our lives than just a race to the eternal dirt nap. In our lives we’re becoming a story. We become stories of celebration and sadness, gain and loss, trials and tribulations.

Don’t Be A Warning

People whose lives serve as a warning are all around us. They’re the ones who constantly complain, playing the victim card, and take no actions to improve their lives. They’re convinced that everything is everyone else’s fault and that life happens to them.

Warnings are the people who will undercut you and your dreams at every turn. They’ve been talked out of theirs, so they’ll seek to talk you out of yours. They wander from job to job with no real clear direction. They’re passionless, and have nothing that drives them.

Be An Example

Every good story needs a hero, so be the hero of your own story. Always strive to be a little smarter, a little better, a little more disciplined than you were the day before. Make your life happen and don’t just let it happen to you.

Be an example of someone who seeks to serve, who strives to leave the world a little better place than when they found it. Work on yourself so you can be a better parent, partner, or spouse. Lift others up. Stand with the marginalized.

Be an example of all that is good in the world.  The world needs more of that.


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