A few weeks ago, I went to an event at Jared’s school where a professor was giving a speech to future students. I hear you okay: “Ah, a speech, how boring! Bla! What a waste of time!” But I have to say that I was stunned. He talked about his life and how he turned it around when he was in his 40’s. The professor, lets call him Dr. Bob, mentioned different motivational sources. I was very impressed by his story. One of the sources he mentioned was Marshall Brain. I decided to do some research on Brain and found tons of stuff and just started reading. Marshall David Brain is an American author, public speaker, and entrepreneur, a former college instructor and computer programmer. Brain is the founder of HowStuffWorks. Dr. Bob, as well as Marshall Brain, are great examples of success stories. Work hard, be smart and act loyal – that way you will find your path and reach your goals.
I stumbled over another website by Marshall Brain – d2bb.org (Deciding To Be Better). This is a motivational blog, that will help you to become the best human being possible. It gives you a platform to make positive changes in your community and our world as a whole. The ultimate goal is to be a force for self-improvement, goodness and togetherness that helps humanity to eliminate evil. In one of his blogs he talks about meaning of life. You should not ask what the meaning of life is! What you actually should ask is; What is the meaning of MYlife! Did you know that the average life expectancy is 82 years old? That means we have an average of 30,000 days on earth. Think about how many days are already passed. Did you use your past days in a smart way? By now have you brought meaning to your life?
Marshall Brain points out four different ways how to give your life a meaning.
Way 1 – Generosity, Giving: I read an awesome story about this 14-year-old homeless girl and how she finds her way back just with some help. A man, that calls himself WarToad, recognized this girl on a nasty and cold day, sitting outside in the cold, holding on to something while begging for money. WarToad went over to her and gave her $5. Suddenly he realizes that the thing she was holding on to, was her 2 month-old baby. Makayla ran away from home with $5000 she stole from her parents. Here she was, one year later, hopeless, scared, hungry – holding her everything in her arms. He bought her groceries, diapers and formula for the baby. Then he took her for dinner. They started talking and she told her story. He convinced her to call her parents – her mom answered – when she realized it was her daughter, she started crying. The end of the story – WarToad bought Makayla a bus ticket and she and Joe (her baby) went back home. Every year for Christmas WarToad gets a card from Makayla. She’s 21 now and in college. (read the full story here) How would that make you feel? Generosity and giving are ways to give MY life a meaning!
Way 2 – Design: The second way is pretty simple. Design your own life! Brain says it really nicely – your life is a series of choices. Your life is a series of opportunities. Your life is a series of decisions. Your life is a series of actions. You control your life, and its meaning, with your daily actions. We often ignore that. Many people often go through life and completely miss it. Please ask yourself this key question: What will I do with my existence? We have 30,000 days to think, to imagine and to dream. Take the option to make choices in everything we do!
Way 3 – Projects: Everyone is taking on different projects during their lifetime. You can change lives with taking on a project. Take a look at Albert Einstein; he changed millions of lives. Think of the thousands of authors and artists who have enriched our lives and brought clarity to complicated issues. Are you working on your project?
Way 4 – Unity: There are 7 billion of us living on this peppercorn floating in space. We are born, we live, we die. Shouldn’t we all pull on the same string? Shouldn’t we all have the same goal? We should be a team but we don’t act like one. When people come together in groups with common goals and common purpose, we often are able to accomplish amazing things. What do we hope to accomplish as a species? How can we work together to achieve those goals? Our individual lives would have much more meaning if we did this, because we are each playing a part in this larger effort. What IS our goal as a species?
Everybody has to discover their own way to find the meaning of their lives. But you only have 30,000 days. Live healthy – that way you have that many more days on earth and can find the meaning of YOUR life! Don’t waste it and stop putting things off 😉 ! If you found already the meaning of your life, I would love to know. You can leave comments or email me.