“The future is your finish line!” – My Cousin Ken Keeley
My newly-via-DNA discovered cousin made this comment yesterday in a thread in which he had posted my daily quote from yesterday. It immediately caught my attention – it’s a brilliant observation!
(Newly found cousin? It’s a long story; suffice it to say, we ‘discovered’ our mutual great-grandfather via a DNA match a few months ago when I had keynote in Connecticut. I’ll blog the full story one day… with the most fascinating detail that my long lost grandfather actually died in a motorcycle stunt-riding ‘ring-of-fire’ accident in 1925 at a very early age!)
The context of his comment really defines the attitude that you need to carry in today’s day and age. If he doesn’t mind, I’ll post his comment verbatim.
Ken wrote it in response to my quote yesterday that “you’ll always have an opportunity to turn things around!” Here’s what he said:
Great advice from my newly found cousin Jim!
The weird part is, that is exactly how I have led my life!
Worked my twenties going up the ladder at the Norwich Bulletin, only to be shafted by a corporate takeover. Worked my thirties and forties taking a commercial printing company from bankruptcy to great success, only to be wiped out by the internet and the digital age. Worked my fifties selling on commission. From advertising to Audi cars. My sixties were substitute teaching at technical high schools.
Now I am seventy. Next up: Publishing more books and prints of Norwich’s glorious past and future. Promoting my hometown any way I can!
The future is my finish line!
That post captures the essence of the attitude and method you need to carry yourself through your life and career.
You need to continually reinvent yourself and find new paths to follow.
You can never presume that what you will doing at this moment is what you will be doing the next you.
You can’t sit back and rest on your laurels, but must always be prepared for the next step in your journey.
The finish line in your overall success?
Thanks for the insight ‘cuz!