Been a while since I’ve composed some thoughts here as I’ve been on the road non-stop. I recently re-read an article that came out awhile ago that reflects the “danger” of being so focused that we forget about life enjoying the moment, the present, the NOW. I can work so hard that I wonder if I miss the beauty of life itself that surrounds me. I have a hard time seeing beauty through what seems to be the mundane. A world class violinist by the name of Joshua Bell played a $3.5M Stradivari Violin in a crowded metro station during rush hour a few years ago. He is a violinist that sells out music houses around the world at prices over $100 a piece. As you read the article (it’s a great article, be sure to read the whole thing) and see the video, hundreds of people pass him by without even so much as a glance. They are so focused on their everyday lives and responsibilities that they miss the beauty, art, and talent of Joshua.
Here’s a poignant quote from the article - “If we can’t take the time out of our lives to stay a moment and listen to one of the best musicians on Earth play some of the best music ever written; if the surge of modern life so overpowers us that we are deaf and blind to something like that — then what else are we missing?” I’m sure that I’m missing the little things - many times, I think if I recognize the beauty around me, it lifts my perspective and gives me more clarity, creativity, and passion. Perhaps, if we just take the time to observe, we can become better entrepreneurs, better people, and better leaders. Take the time to recognize those around us that make us happy, those who contribute to who we are, those who encourage us when we’re going through challenging times - truly being appreciative and grateful. These are things that as I’m reflecting on my career as an entrepreneur I am challenging myself to think about each day.
I love this answer from the Dalai Lama when asked what thing about humanity surprises him the most.
He answers: “Man…. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”
What do you think? Are you enjoying the present? How is that making you a better entrepreneur?
Enjoying the present for me can be as simple as enjoying a great bowl of ramen and appreciating the art, passion, and the entrepreneurs behind the business. As I continue my search for the best bowl of ramen in the world, I savor everything about the broth and the noodles. I know something as simple as ramen can make me appreciate the now, and taste beautiful. Share your ideas, thoughts, and stories below.