You Can Never Forget Yourself

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A friend recently looked me in the eyes and rather firmly reminded me, “You can’t save the world if you starve yourself.”

She knew everything I’ve been working on has been helping and inspiring others, but she also knew that it wasn’t bringing in much money and that I had to never lose sight of taking care of myself.

It may have been a singleĀ sentenceĀ over a drink in a Las Vegas casino, but it has stuck with me ever since.

Fast forward to to SXSW and Dave Grohl takes the stage to give the opening keynote for SXSW Music.

Nirvana is a vital part of my music DNA and the Foo Fighters blare out of my speakers on a regular basis. So of course I tuned in for the live stream of his talk.

What do these two things have to do with one another?

They both focused on the fact that you are in control of your life and you can never lose focus of what is important to you.

Dave’s talk was so inspiring that I recorded an episode of Managing the Gray to share my thoughts with you. Give it a listen.

Tomorrow I head out to speak at my first Blissdom. To say I’m excited would be an understatement. What I have planned to take part in there certainly involves some focusing on myself. Wish me luck.

  • Love that line… I wish someone would have spoken to me in that way before my home went into foreclosure because I wanted to save those without jobs.

    I guess it takes time to realize that a lot of great things came out of such a horrible episode. But know I make sure I put my oxygen mask on first before I give oxygen to others.

  • Truer words have never been spoken. I received similar advice when I became a parent and it certainly applies to much more than parenting. I’m glad you shared this. I think too many people haven’t received this advice or have a tendency to forget it.

  • Hope it went well!