While watching a 4th of July parade earlier this month, I spent a few minutes chatting with a young man entering his senior year in college. I asked if he was excited to graduate and begin using all he’d learned in the past 20 or so years.
He shrugged, looked away, and responded, “Not really. I think most people my age just feel pretty gloomy about our chances. Take a look around, the world is falling apart and we are the ones that have to figure it out.”
He paused before adding somberly, “I’m pretty sure the American Dream is dead.”
So my friends, is this young man right? Is the American Dream seriously dead?
Today's #MondayMotivation shares why I believe this dream- this promise- is as alive and well and as perfectly attainable as ever before. We may just need to use the problems we face today as fuel to achieve our dreams.
* * * * * I spoke to a living example of the American Dream’s viability on my most recent Live Inspired podcast. Although only five-years-old when his dad died at the height of the Great Depression, Jim Lovell passionately pursued an out-of-this-world dream for his life. He utilized public education before serving his country in the navy. He was accepted into flight school, flew off aircraft carriers, tested new navy aircraft, and was selected as one of the very first astronauts.
Jim Lovell would become a recipient of the congressional space medal of honor, receive the presidential medal of freedom, and be named the TIME Magazine person of the year. He’d also become a household name three decades later when Ron Howard produced a movie about a mission he piloted called Apollo 13. Captain Jim Lovell is a great American hero and I had the honor of interviewing this remarkable man on my most recent Live Inspired podcast. Check it out here: bit.ly/2me4Mvv... See MoreSee Less
Captain Jim Lovell was the Spacecraft Commander of Apollo 13. The mission was meant to be the third moon landing attempt, but was infamously cut short when a tank exploded.
Don’t miss hearing this epic piece of history from the man who lived it. Jim also shares how he attained his dream of becoming an astronaut in spite of growing up poor and fatherless during the Great Depression.
Jim’s unfiltered look at what it was like aboard Apollo 13, what it took to get there + what it took to get back to earth safely unearth keys to live inspired as a leader, team player and dreamer:
Good morning my friends and welcome to Wednesday morning...with John Oleary!
I’m in Michigan this morning and unable to get a signal strong enough to share my vlog.... so rather than throwing my phone (considered) or kicking the WiFi transponder (already tried twice), I’m just going to type it in!
Between picking blueberries and sitting beach side and swimming and cooking s’mores, my wife and I had a minute yesterday to sneak away from family to chat on a covered swing (the minute ended 59 seconds after it began when our little Grace discovered our secret hiding place, ran over to it, and jumped in her mom‘s lap).
Before the photobomb, Beth and I were having a serious conversation about what we would do if we learned we only had 10 days to live. (Might sound dark, but knowing that your life is precious and fleeting has a way of ensuring that moments are measured, treasured, and savored.) We both agreed there wasn’t a place we wanted to travel, a meal we wanted to eat, a project we wanted completed. It came down to spending as many minutes as possible in those last days with dear friends and family.
My friends, why wait?
Today, choose to invest as much time with those you love as possible. Call an old friend on the way to work, have lunch with a colleague from work (and don’t talk about work!), stop by a family member’s house on the way home, tell people you love them (start with whomever is seated closest to you right this moment!!!)
Our time is Precious and fleeting. Today, Let’s act like it.
And to hear an inspired example of how to truly celebrate the gift of each moment, check out my most recent Live Inspired podcast with Kathy Bresnahan. Coach Kathy is a simply stunning leader; her touching story and interview will share how to live + lead inspired while grieving. You’ll laugh, cry and be renewed.
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