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It’s The Last Day Of Your Life… What Matters? Video For All Leaders

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Last Day – What Matters Most – Leader Video

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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  • Bill Benjamin May 6, 2015, 1:52 pm

    Thanks for sharing Ric’s video. It’s very profound. What I like about his story is that he took a true pressure situation (a plane crash) and turned it into something positive in his life, and now he is reaching others with this positive message. In our research study for our book Performing Under Pressure, we found that most people, even top performers, get derailed by the pressure they face. Ric exemplifies finding a way to use the pressure they face for good.

  • Anand July 6, 2015, 11:24 pm

    It’s The Last Day Of Your Life… What Matters? Video For All Leaders – Simply amazing….inspiring….Wow!!



  • Bernardo July 27, 2015, 6:13 am

    Thanks for your post Melanie! I also think about my beliefs all the time at my work. I am eymloped as a scientific researcher. My co-workers are surprised when they see how hard I’m willing to work when I’m not being compensated for my efforts. It is through my labors that I feel like my current understanding is being developed and my intellect refined, enhanced and expanded. In my field, typically, I work with a lot of people who don’t believe in the idea of God. The discussion of God vs. Evolution actually comes up quite frequently between my co-workers and I. They are interested to know how I can believe in my work and believe in God at the same time. The truth is that I see God’s hand in everything… from the complexity of different biological systems, to the immense organization of cells on a molecular level, and even in my own efforts in trying to understand His design. Since religion is a common conversation between my co-workers and I, do you have any suggestions as to how to further explain why as Mormons we appreciate challenges and responsibility as opportunities to increase our understanding and realize additional truth?


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