On Monday night I found out that my long-time mentor and friend Dan Kennedy is in hospice care. As of today, he only has days -- maybe only mere hours -- left to live.
What a SHOCK that was to me! I had just seen him at his annual mid-year event (which takes place over my birthday each year) in Cleveland this past June. I was at his house in April. He seemed perfectly fine to me.
But I guess the part that none of us knew that he had been battling a number of ailments, most stemming from his lifetime battle of diabetes. IN the end he decided he didn't want to be hooked up to machines to prolong his life...so he elected to be admitted into hospice where he's not living out his final moments.
What's sad about this whole thing is that he's only in his 60s. He was born in December 1956. But he did live a hard life and that probably did him in decades ago, long before he realized it.
I've been so heartbroken and sad all this week because I feel like I'm losing someone who has had such a huge impact on my life in ways I cannot even express. Dan and I go way back...to the mid-1990s. So, more than 20 years. He's one of the key reasons I'm as successful as I am in business and marketing today. Without him and his knowledge, I would not have been as successful in direct marketing and business as I have been.
It's amazing that one single person can have such immense impact.
It's also sobering to realize just how short life is. And that one moment you can be completely fine, the next...on your deathbed.
The thing about Dan is that he loved to work. He'd work 12 hours a day, 6 to 7 days a week...BECAUSE HE LOVED WHAT HE DID. It wasn't work to him. To me, that is a blessed life. To do what you love and to get paid well for it. And even though some have criticized him for being all about work and having little to do with friends and family, that's the life he chose. That's the life he wanted. And that's the life he got.
What kind of life do YOU want for yourself? Have you ever stopped to think just how SHORT life really is? And that death could be looming at your door any time now?
I've thought about that a lot lately which is why I'm doing more things with my daughter, I'm branching out into different businesses and investments, and expanding my wings with my book that will be coming out on November 5th.
If you're not living the life you want to live, ask yourself this: "WHY NOT? WHAT IS HOLDING ME BACK?"
If it's the lack of money, I think I have the perfect solution for you.
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In the meantime, live your best life...OUT LOUD! Because you never know when your time's going to be up!
See you at the top!