American novelist Chuck Palahniuk said,
We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.
When an entrepreneur, an inventor, the mastermind, or just a person in general, dies, they always say WHO they’re survived by. For instance, Steve Jobs:
Jobs is survived by his wife of 20 years, Laurene, and four children, including one from a prior relationship.
The thing I dislike about being survived by a WHO is that person will eventually die themselves. That’s temporary survival. You want staying power. So, Har-old, would you like to know how to truly live forever? Be survived by a WHAT. An idea. A good one. A great one.
Instead of being survived by a WHO, a person with their own mind, be survived by a WHAT, YOUR mind.
You know how they say of someone who’s in la la land:
He’s in his own world. Physically here; mentally there.
Well, let’s reverse that in
death da da land: mentally here; physically there. Here is living. There is gone.
The idea is to be survived by your energy.
I use to fear death. Then I discovered the power of my mind and the ideas it could produce. You know what’s so powerful about your ideas? They are instant businesses. It isn’t how fast you can think of a good idea, but rather, how fast this good idea can be a reality existing outside of your mind. And you’re becoming king of that. It is happening NOW.
The lightbulb is not on the top of your head. It’s in your head, genius. Your brain is the lightbulb, Har-old.
P.S. I don’t think I’m done with that drawing. I think I should add upside down lightbulbs.