But it is your intention that should drive the work that you do.
I’ve recently watched the video above which is part of a series by Chase Jarvis called “30 Days of Genius” (everyone should watch it).
This was a particular interview with Seth Godin who achieved many great things throughout his life thus far. In his interview, he talked about how it is important to know what you are doing something. He urged us to think about the intention of our work, especially in the creative world. We shouldn’t aim to be famous but aim to put work that matters.
He talked about permissionmarketing and the goal of a marketer or a creator is to not be tolerated but to be missed when they’re gone. E.g. instead of shouting and constantly advertising a particular product (people tolerate this), but instead, one should strive to produce quality content that people will miss when it is gone.
And that is only half of the video.
Seth Godin dropped wonderful advice that I believe is applicable to all of us, creators or not. Therefore, I urge everyone to watch the video.
I am working on trying to do just that in my creative work. 🙂
It doesn’t matter whether you’re religious or not, you’re young or old, you’re healthy or sick, you’re male or female or what race you are, death comes for all of us.
It can happen anytime. It can happen when we’re just sitting on the sofa watching some television or when we’re jogging out in the park, heck, it can even happen when we’re sleeping.
Death comes for all of us, one way or another. It is the only future that we can expect to happen and will happen.
Many of us fear death, we fear it not because we are unsure of what will happen to us next but we fear death because it removes us away from all the earthly pleasures that we have been enjoying thus far. No more movies, no more games, no more sex, no more fun. Say goodbye to that soft, comfortable bed, say goodbye to the wine and the alcohol, say goodbye to the parties and the music, say goodbye to even the food that we eat. Say goodbye to all of that. Say goodbye to all the pleasures that we enjoy on Earth.
This is a reminder for all of us, especially so for the people who chase worldly wealth for death will rob you poor because when you’re on your deathbed, you will not ask to see your money nor will you ask to hold that piece of jewellery instead, you will ask to see your loved ones, to touch their faces, to wipe away the tears from their cheeks, to hold them close and feel their warm breath against your neck as they try to hold back their tears.
Love your family, love your friends, cherish your loved ones and the memories you have of them for death is the destroyer of pleasures but not the destroyer of the love forged between you and your loved ones.