“If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?”
Last year, I was ‘lucky’ to have been given a chance to read a book by Robertson Sy Tan. When I first read the title, I thought it would be some kind of YOLO (You Only Live Once) book that would just encourage me to seize the moment and explore the world. But, I after reading it, it was much more than that. Mr. Tan was generous and excited to have shared much of what he has learned in his journey in becoming the founder and CEO of Blade Auto Center into seven lessons life has taught him.
Here are a few quotes from his book that I like to remind myself of over and over again.
“… there are as many opportunities in this day and age to live more meaningful lives. But if you’re sitting in a corner and thinking that life if about to end, then life will give up on you as well.”
“Put time into what’s important. These relationships will be essential to your success because family and loved ones will be the ones pulling you through and celebrating your success.”
“To emulate or to model after successful individuals helps shorten then learning curve because you already have a blueprint to follow… Bottom line, it’s easy to follow a path to success that is tried and tested.
“Luck” should be defined as being prepared when opportunities arise. Although “luck” can make things run smoother, nothing beats a strong foundation, a well-thought out business plan, experience, discipline and hard work. One needs to take action to fulfill their dreams, or dreams will remain just that – dreams.”
“You will encounter so many insights from various people, but always be careful where you get them and who you listen to. It’s important to screen out which advice is actually worthwhile, and which is not helpful.”
“Sacrifice much and you achieve much. Sacrifice greatly and you achieve highly.”
“God allows things you can’t handle to happen to you NOT because you can handle them, but because He wants you to know that He is there for you and He will walk with you through the pain by giving us other people to help us through it.“
Would I recommend this book?
YES! It is definitely a great read (especially for aspiring entrepreneurs). Very relatable and motivating. I felt like I was talking to my uncle or older brother asking for advice about life and business. All in all, he has inspired me not just to live in the moment – to experience life fully — but to give priority, focus and take action on my goals and dreams as well.