Death Is Written In Blood On The Mirror

If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.

Just like Steve Jobs, I want this quote to make a strong impression on you.

From now on, every morning, I want you to look in the mirror and ask yourself, “If today was the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m about to do today?”

But I think this question is better in hindsight than foresight.

So, I want you to ask yourself this, “If yesterday was the last day of my life, am I happy with how I spent it?”

If the answer is “NO!” for 3 consecutive days, you NEED to change something. Something, Har-old. You have to! This is a must.

Apply what I told you in 3 Months To Live.

As I’m writing this to you, I’m listening to some music from your time. It’s this Kanye West song called Drunk And Hot Girls. He just dropped a gem that is proper for this letter:

You only live once; do whatever you like.

Futuristically yours,

Har+new

P.S. Listen to the third story from Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Speech over and over until you get it. My favorite lines was, “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” Are you inspired yet?

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12 thoughts on “Death Is Written In Blood On The Mirror”

  1. Far too often, people follow the path set for them by their parents or some other external influence. It’s a waste of time. Time is all we have, and the more we put into each hour, the more we’ll get out of life. All things must end, said George Harrison, and so they did, and shall always to infinity. Therefore, it’s a foolish squandering of time to be concerned about “some day”. Some day is today. Do something productive, even if it’s just thinking. Do something generous, even if it’s to tell someone that they look good. Do something creative, even if it’s just a note on the refrigerator door.

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  2. Interesting post as usual Harnew. However, I must disagree with you a bit. For example, you’re in a job you don’t like, is it really possible or wise to quit when you have responsibilities? It might sound like an excuse and maybe it is, but it’s also a reality that your bills have to be paid (college tuition, rent etc). Is the landlord or headmaster going to take an IOU?

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    1. If you’re in a job you don’t like but don’t complain about it, okay. But if you’re in a job you don’t like but do, shut up! You always have a choice in life. Your mind is limited if you THINK you don’t have a better option. I’ll share a personal experience. I didn’t get my first cellphone until I was 20 or 21. I purposely waited because I was scared if I got a bill, I would’ve had to hug a job I didn’t like tighter because it was the MAIN source of my income. I wrote a poem and song called Hug Me Tighter based on this philosophy. No one taught me this. This is all self. You are in control of your responsibilities. You went to college. You decided on the expensive high-rise. I’ve sacrificed many of the “fun” things people my age do because I think beyond today. So, that is a excuse. My purpose in life cannot be to pay a bill. I have to do more.

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      1. Hmm … sounds so easy saying it. If you don’t like what you’re doing, quit and do something better. Most people cannot function in uncertainty. We are cowards. We have to be sure about certain details of our methodical life. Steve Jobs alluded to this during his commencement speech at Stanford “You cannot connect the dots looking forward. You can only connect them looking backwards”.

        I do think going to college is over-rated. But the reality is that job seekers hire based on the piece of paper you get from college and your experience.

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        1. No, no, no. I’m not saying just quit and do something better especially without a plan. I’m making emphasis on just doing what you love whether you get paid for it or not. If you saw Oprah’s last show she spoke heavily of this subject. Some people will get paid to do what they love and others won’t. But something marvelous still awaits them. You have to just do what makes you happy. I’m programming myself to function in uncertainty and to handle anything that comes my way. That’s why, if you noticed, my last few letters have been Joker-inspired. He has literally taken over my thought patterns. That “connect the dots” line was true. He was speaking of hindsight. But this is only to guide you though. Analyzing our past can help us see into the future.

          Well I don’t have to worry about that. I’m an entrepreneur. And if job-seekers don’t want to be judged by a piece of paper forever, they shouldn’t find a job, instead they should create one. Imagination!

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        2. I heard a lecturer from Stanford talking about college kids not being able to find jobs after leaving school. The lecturer said that at Stanford, they don’t teach students to go work for people. They teach students to create new jobs. Be their own bosses. If only all our colleges were like that or all students had the mindset to own their own business, then that would eliminate the constant “I don’t like my job” mantra.

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