31 Dec Life isn’t a dress rehearsal
My inspiration from Tina Seelig about giving it your all
The first time I heard Tina Seelig speak, she was explaining in a podcast an experiment on motivation that she’d conducted for her book “What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20”. The creativity she brought to entrepreneurship and personal potential immediately struck me, and I was even more impressed after reading the book she’d been discussing. Tina is an insightful entrepreneurial expert, helping aspiring entrepreneurs push themselves outside of their comfort zone and beyond. As well, besides being a celebrated business author, she is the executive director at Stanford Technology Ventures Program, an entrepreneur, and a neuroscientist.
It was in May 2010 that I had the pleasure of meeting this amazing woman at Stanford University for an interview. The campus was alive with spring and ambition and was in many ways simply idyllic. The warm air washed over the relaxed atmosphere, people played basketball in the background, and ambitious students walked by carrying stuffed book bags; in short, it was a place where you could see yourself just being.
Inside a university building, I was greeted by Tina and sat down with her at a small table in her office, and we began talking about success and entrepreneurship. There were many things that she said that were inspiring, but one quote from her book really stands out:
“Life isn’t a dress rehearsal – you won’t get a second chance to do your best.”
This quote sums up one of the most striking lessons I learned from Tina Seelig. Basically, do what you are best at and spend time on things that you really enjoy. You can’t wait around for the chance to go for it. You must create your own opportunities, be proactive and take certain calculated risks in order to live your life to the fullest and achieve your full potential.
Don’t sell yourself short by not putting your full effort in. If you are afraid of failure and going all in, realize that many chances are one-time things. There may never be another opportunity like the one you are facing, so give it everything you’ve got. Work to defeat fear of failure by doing what you are afraid of as often as possible; eventually you’ll see that the benefits far outweigh the risks of doing what you are passionate about.