Last week I had the pleasure of attending a speaking event co-hosted by my business fraternity at Kent State University. The speaker was Tim Augustine, a ’94 graduate of KSU and fellow brother of Delta Sigma Pi.
The topic of his speech was not something I had done much research on or even had much interest in, but now it’s a topic I won’t easily forget. Simply put, Tim talked about bucket lists. Not only did he talk about bucket lists, but he also posed a few very important questions like: What do you REALLY want to do? And what would you do if you had unlimited time, money and resources?
Tim immediately connected with the audience by sharing simple life statistics (did you know 1 in 3 Americans are disabled before the age of 55?) He then went on to share stories about some remarkable people he knows that decided (key word) to do what they truly want to do. Check out Michael Walton at Open Heart Magic. Michael is the Founder and Executive Director of a non-profit that sends magicians to perform bedside magic for children in hospitals. Amazing, right?
One part of Tim’s speech that struck me the most was a list of common regrets from senior citizens under Hospice care. It seems that many people casually live with regrets. How many times have you heard a friend say, “I’d like to go to Italy someday” or I’d love to see a Broadway show”? Odds are at some point in the future they just might regret missing out on those hopes. The message Tim delivered was that if there is something you want to do; do it. Don’t wait until later in life. Don’t wait for the “right” time. If you don’t pursue your hopes and dreams you might never reach them. The goal is to live without regrets.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Figure out what you truly want to do. (It can be absolutely anything.)
- Add those items to your bucket list.
- Start crossing those items off!
If you ever get the opportunity to see Tim Augustine speak, don’t miss it! His presentations are fun, interactive and will definitely make you think. Besides being a motivational speaker, Tim is also a successful entrepreneur and the author of How Hard are You Knocking?, which was named one of the “Best Career Business Books” by Amazon.com. His background includes International Sales, Strategic Marketing, HR, M&A and IT. He is also the co-founder of Succeed Faster, a conference where young professionals are coached, mentored and advised by people who have already achieved their dreams.
What are you waiting for? Let me know what you plan to add to your bucket list!