Make Today One of Intense Purpose and Lasting Influence

What Will Your Legacy Be?

It’s graduation time. As students receive their diplomas, they look forward to the next milestone, the next development, the next opportunity. As they walk across the stage, I bet most of them don’t think about how many days they have been on Earth and how many days they have left.

My friend, Robert D Smith, affectionately known as “the Robert D” reminds me of the gift of time. His book 20,000 Days and Counting: The Crash Course for Mastering Your Life Right Now is one I give away to graduates. He shares practical reminders of how to master your life and succeed.20K Simple Truths 3D Left

Understanding your purpose, living each day to its fullest, becoming as productive as possible, and mastering your life are critical to a successful life and yet most of us are so busy with today’s tasks we don’t stop and reflect.

In 20,000 Days, you will find a compelling reminder of the value of time. It’s not a long book, and the message is simple, but profound. A few of the lessons I took away:

  • Eat dessert first.
  • Think of today as your last day and also your first day.
  • Do the thing you’ve been putting off.
  • Invite a close friend to dinner.
  • Go outside and breathe deeply.
  • Read the book you’ve been meaning to pick up.
  • Create a life statement.



And some of my favorite quotes:


“Winning is defined by the legacy you create.” @TheRobertD


“My motivating force: I know I will die, but I do not know how long I will live.” @TheRobertD


“I must govern the clock, not be governed by it.” –Golda Meir


“No reserves. No retreats. No regrets.” –William Borden

“A man who dares to waste one hour of his time has not discovered the value of life.” –Charles Darwin


“Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.” -James Dean


“Greet each day as a gift.” @TheRobertD


“The first hour of the morning is the rudder of the day.” –Henry Ward Beecher


“Take care of the things you need to take care of today.” -Horace


“The hours of folly are measured by the clock, but of wisdom no clock can measure.” -William Blake


“Find your eternity in each moment.” -Henry David Thoreau


“Today I shall behave as if this is the day I will be remembered.” -Dr. Seuss


20,000 Days and Counting: The Crash Course for Mastering Your Life Right Now


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