Waiting To Die

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Waiting To Die
by Joe Bonura, CSP


So Much To Share

While visiting a senior living community, a resident there, 92 years old, commented, "You see these people here, they are just waiting to die." Isn’t it sad that people with so much to offer sit around and wait to die, when they could be sharing their unique knowledge and experience with the world around them. Every one living there has a different story to tell, yet many will leave this world without sharing their message.

Turn On Your Light

Many young people have the same attitude; they come into this world with special talents and gifts, but they live their entire lives never turning on their light. Some people die at 25 and are buried at 85. That reminds me of a famous quote by Theodore Roosevelt:

"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat." Powerful, isn’t it?

Why Am I Here?

Why not do a self-analysis of who you are and why you were put here. Most people use only 10% of their true potential and wonder why they are not successful. Ask yourself, “Why am I here?”

Serve, Serve, Serve

Some might answer, "To Serve Others.” When I think of serving people, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale comes to mind. Several years ago, I had the privilege of attending Dr. Peale's church, The Marble Collegiate Church in New York City. At 82 years old, his sermon that day was incredibly memorable. After the service, my wife and I visited with him in his church office, just like his best selling book, "The Power of Positive Thinking," his attitude was inspiring.

93 Years Young

Dr. Peale spoke at the National Speakers Association convention when he was 93 years old, and he still possessed that same sharp wit and powerful delivery. Dr. Norman Vincent Peale was definitely not waiting to die; he continued to use his talents and abilities to motivate others.

Finger Lickin’ Successful

Colonel Sanders did not start Kentucky Fried Chicken until he was living on his social security check at 66 years old. He canvassed regional restaurants, making sales calls to peddle his famous chicken recipe. After over 800 rejections, one restaurant agreed to use his recipe and pay Sanders a percentage for every piece of chicken sold. The rest of the story is restaurant history. Colonel Sanders was certainly not waiting to die!

Make A Difference

We are all given our allotted time to succeed or fail, to make a difference or to not make a difference. It might be easier to passively get by, to not make waves so the boat will not rock. You would not want to get seasick, would you? It is important to make significant the dash between the time you are born and the time you die. The dash represents how you lived your life.

Rock The Boat

Nothing good ever happens without rocking the boat, and great things can happen when we make it storm. Most great accomplishments of the ages were initially met with failure. Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis was mocked and ridiculed by his contemporaries. He was the surgeon who discovered that if physicians would just wash their hands before surgery, there would be less chance of morbidity. Today, hand washing for surgeons is a ritual that saves thousands of lives. When we move into uncharted territory, there is always the risk of failure and setbacks. A good example is when I go fishing, I like to move around to different spots. If the fish are not biting in one spot, I pull anchor and move to another spot. On some days, I go home with an empty boat, but on other days, I have an ice chest filled with fish.

Sing A New Song

The same is true in selling. Are you biding your time, waiting to die, or are you prospecting, making sales calls, knocking on doors, and networking? Do you think that if you wait long enough, someone will come along and do it for you? That someone has already arrived, and that someone is you. Stop letting inertia get in the way of your success; you will have time enough to sleep when you depart this world. And even then, you might just end up leading a heavenly host of angels in singing a new song.

Motion Makes Things Happen

Notice that the people who are the happiest are those who are in motion, making things happen. Research has proven that people who retire late in life, live longer, happier lives. Barring catastrophic illness, you will never see me sitting in a nursing home, waiting to die. I will always be waiting for the next opportunity to live. How about you? The choice is yours. Do not wait until it is too late to begin; the habits and attitudes that you have today will follow you into old age.

"Cactus Jack" Garner

Do you know the story of United States Vice President John Nance Garner of Texas, affectionately known as "Cactus Jack?" He was riding his horse past an Old Folks Home, when he stopped to speak with an elderly gentleman sitting on the porch. The man looked dejected as he rocked back and forth on his old rocking chair. Cactus Jack asked the man how he was doing, and the man said, “Not bad for a rundown, old man of 83.” As he jumped back in the saddle, John Garner replied, "Sorry to hear that, Sonny, I'm 93,” and he rode off into the sunset. When Cactus Jack died at 98, he became the oldest, living Vice President of the United States.

It Is Time To Act

Become proactive every day. Do not let the day happen to you; you must happen to the day. Keep active, or you may end up like this senior citizen:

As a senior citizen was driving down the freeway, his cell phone rang. Answering, he heard his wife's voice urgently warning him, "Herman, I just heard on the news that there's a car going the wrong way on Interstate 77. Please be careful!" "Heck," said Herman, "It is not just one car. There are hundreds of them!"

Make it an awesome day!


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About Joe Bonura

His background is unique. Joe owned and operated a highly successful advertising agency for 18 years. During that time, he found his advertising campaigns were more effective when he educated his clients in the areas of sales and service. He conducted training seminars for his clients as added value. Word spread that Joe was a quality speaker and more and more people asked him to speak. The demand became so high that he sold the agency to three of his associates to start his own speaking and consulting company, Joe Bonura & Associates, Inc.

Joe is past President of the Kentucky Speakers Association and a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), a prestigious designation earned by only 8% of the 3,600 member National Speakers Association. Joe presently serves on the board of directors of NSA.

He is author of the audio learning systems "Three-Dimensional Selling®" and "Turning Customer Satisfaction Into Customer Excitement®." He is author of the book Throw the Rabbit—The Ultimate Approach to Three-Dimensional Selling.




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