Robert D. Smith is one of those new authors that you really want to read. Having been the close friend and manager for Andy Andrews (author of The Traveler’s Gift), Smith has consistently been behind the scenes, until now.
20,000 Days and Counting is designed to be a quick read, which makes sense when you consider that the premise is to focus in on your impending death and live each day with that level of intensity.
This might sound a bit morbid, but Smith makes a compelling case for accepting that your life may end at any moment in order to develop a big picture perspective on your purpose. The idea is not to shirk off responsibility because today might be the last, but to invest your time and energy into what’s most important; to “chase your purpose” every single day.
Take time by the forelock. Now or never! You must live in the moment, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.”
– Henry David Thoreau
The basis for the title and concept of the book come out of Smith’s own mid-life planning session. After 20,000 days alive, he buckled down for 48 hours to plan out his next 20,000 days. From embracing your strengths, to waking each morning with intensity, to seeking rejection in order to obtain success, the author shares the ingredients that have brought fulfillment and excitement to his own life.
My favorite nugget from the book are Smith’s 7 Questions to Seize the Essence of Today. Here are the three that immediately resonated with me (and I woke to answer this morning):
- What memories am I going to create today?
- What challenge am I going to overcome today?
- What life-changing decision(s) am I going to make today?
20,000 Days and Counting took only a few hours to read; time well spent when you could create a life of intensity that completely alters your next 20,000 days.
Have patience with your dreams and the expectations you have for others. Be impatient with yourself daily.”
– Robert D. Smith
To learn more, I highly recommend following Smith’s blog, The Robert D.
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