Powerful Leadership Video
So, it’s the last day of your life. What matters most? What is going through your mind that day? What’s going through your mind that last hour?
Is there anything you would do differently?
In January of 2009, Ric Elias was in the front-row seat of Flight 1549 and was heading for what seemed to be a catastrophic crash into the Hudson River in New York. As the plane was nearing the water, and he believed this was the end, he thought, “just blow up.” He didn’t want the plane breaking into pieces. He just wanted it to end fast.
Ric survived as the Captain, Chesley B. Sullenberger was able to successfully crash-land the Airbus A320-200 and save all 155 occupants on board. He tells a powerful and moving story in the video below of what went through his mind moments before the plane went down.
Steve Jobs said in a powerful commencement address at Stanford University (if you haven’t seen it you should and can access here),
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. 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.”
In this short five-minute speech Ric Elisa will have you thinking seriously about what matters most. His reflections and new perspective on life will change you as a leader, as a parent and as a human being. It is worth watching.
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