"At the end of the game, the king and the pawn go back in the same box."
We’ve all probably been told this story and believed that we understood what it meant. We might have believed that even if we were on opposite teams during the game, at the end of the day, we’ll return home as friends. However, the truth is more expansive, and the meaning is the fact that all of us end up in the same place in the end, regardless of who we were and who we are or what we had.
Personally, I view the experience as a lesson to learn from in life. I continue to seek out the success and advances in my business However, I make sure that they are in fact linked to the goals I’d like to hit not on a dashboard for projects or on my corporate accounts instead, to the milestones I’d like to attain in my daily life and in living my life.
Our companies are much more than just a means to earn a living. they are an extension of us. They’re like our kids by the way we care for their needs, teach how to help them develop. In a real sense, they develop a personality and meaning of their own. Moreover, we are able to feel a sense of parental pride when we witness that they are growing and savor their accomplishments.
In the end, we all get to the same place , and the things we’ve constructed don’t matter to us when we enter a new world, in the end, it’s the waywe lived our lives.
The Greeks did not publish obituaries; they didn’t list or praise the accomplishments of the deceased and they only had one question to ask: “Did they have passion?” Referring to the passion that was present in his or her own life, the way they lived their lives.
Aspirations and business ventures aside, can your actions today inspire a sense of enthusiasm in you? Can you truthfully say after you’ve left that what you have been doing was a passion and was worth your time?
If not, it’s time to shift your beliefs in your creation process. It’s only a once-in-a-lifetime, so be sure to make it count. Always.