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." Isnt 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,
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
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
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
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
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
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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