The older I get the more I value every moment. Every idea that comes to my mind.
Every hour I spend teaching someone.
Every meeting I spend where something wonderful is developed or decided.
The older I get the less patience I have with meaningless blah, blah, blah
We are on this earth for a very short time. It's our responsibility to ourselves and the communities we are a part of to make a difference that matters with every moment.
Valuing each moment requires us to confront reality with an optimistic mindset.
As Helen Keller said "No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the starts, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a heaven to the human spirit."
Hmmm... confronting reality usually has a tinge of negativity and destruction.
Optimistically Confronting Reality means you are being "realistically idealistic."
It's about believing that you can make a difference and take actions on making it happen.
It's about believing in the good of others and encouraging them.
It's about believing in the power of never ending learning. No matter how much we think we know :)
As I've written before...
Realistically Idealistic - a dreamer who does
Realistically Idealistic - a believer that tomorrow can be better
Realistically Idealistic – a 20 Something, 30 Something, 40 Something, 50 Something, 60 Something, 70 Something, 80 something or 90 something who hasn’t given up on changing the world – from small steps come great things.
Realistically Idealistic - someone who takes action today to make tomorrow better.
When it comes to innovation Realistically Idealistic means believing that you and your organization can learn how to think smarter and work smarter. It means believing that together you can transform where you are today to a better time and place.
p.s. If you're ready to take step to becoming Realistically Idealistic - we're here to help. I'm teaching Innovation College at the Eureka! Ranch in Cincinnati Ohio - the week of April 18. To learn more call 513 271-9911 and ask for Lydia. You will learn 4 college courses of Innovation Engineering content in five days!
p.p.s. A week of teaching Innovation Engineering is about as meaningful a way to spend my time as I know of.