136 | The Dead Poets guide to success is all wrong, surprise…

Did you ever see the movie, Dead Poets Society?

It’s the one with the late Robin Williams who’s a teacher at a fancy-smancy boys prep-academy.

There’s a scene where here he brings all the young men he’s teaching into the main hall of the academy. The hall where all the trophies and ribbons and pictures of students from the past doing great things.

He asks the boys to lean in and hear what the great achievers of the past have to say to them.

The boys look around at each other, incredulously.

They finally lean in, to humor their teacher, while looking at these images of the great athletes and students of the past.

The teacher then says, “They’re not that different from you, are they? Same haircuts.

Full of hormones, just like you. Invincible, just like you feel. The world is their oyster.

They believe they’re destined for great things, just like many of you.

Their eyes are full of hope, just like you.

Did they wait until it was too late to make from their lives even one iota of what they were capable?

Because you see, gentlemen, these boys are now fertilizing daffodils. But if you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you.

Go on, lean in. Listen. You hear it?… Carpe… Hear it?… Carpe. Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.”

That speech get’s me every time.

Anytime I watch that movie and I hear that phrase, Carpe Diem (Sieze the Day) I want to do more, be more, help more people, and make my life extraordinary.

Recently I learned about another phrase that I’ve been thinking about on a daily basis.

Carpe Punctum.

I think it’s more of a phrase I can work with.

Carpe Punctum means Seize The Moment.

No matter how bad the day has been going, I can always try to turn it around and seize the moment.

Every moment in our lives has the possibility of changing everything if we are willing to seize it and go for our dreams.

Recently I did this and have now altered my life for good, again (more on that later), but I wanted to remind you that NOW is the moment YOU can seize your dream.

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Jeremy Frandsen
World Leader in Freedom Business Education

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