DON'T DIE BEFORE YOU'VE MADE A DIFFERENCE
[Focus: general audiences]
In 1980, I was nearly killed when the cruise ship I was lecturing on burned and sank in the freezing waters of the Gulf of Alaska. Rescued at the last moment as a typhoon engulfed my lifeboat, I emerged with a sense of direction and purpose that hasn't wavered.
All of us want meaningful lives, I tell people, but we don't have to face death to find them. The guiding signs are all around us, most of them small and subtle—I just ignored them.
No matter what your situation in life, don't settle for just taking up space—find the meaning you're looking for in service, in committing to ideals beyond your personal needs. Let me help you find or renew the passion for what you care about—then go after it with everything you've got.