My daughter started kindergarten a few months ago, and I usually take her to school in the morning. Most mornings we make it school just in time. I feel like I have to constantly keep my daughter focused and moving in the morning so we can make it. I started saying, “Put your hurry pants on,” which seems to work in getting my daughter to go faster. But upon reflection, I decided I didn’t want my daughter to hurry, but I did want her to move quickly. There’s a difference, but it’s a fine line between the two. My approach to my work is the same: I want to work quickly but I do not want to hurry.
Last weekend I attended the funeral of the father of my good friend. The church was packed with hundreds and hundreds of people. It may sound odd, but I find attending funerals to be very meaningful. This was a difficult time for my friend, as he was very close to his father. I felt that it was important to be at the funeral to support my friend. But from a selfish point of view, attending the funeral gave me a chance to reflect on death. Thinking about death has helped me to improve my business and my life. Here’s why.