In my current stage of life – let’s call it middle-age-mature – I find myself thinking about how to simplify my life in order to have less stress. That means that I think much more about what matters most and whether I’m spending time on things that don’t really matter in the long run. A book that I just completed helped me greatly in understanding what matters.
Would you rather do anything than speak in front of a group? In his 2012 book, The Real Story of Risk, Glenn Croston stated that most people fear public speaking more than death. When faced with standing up in front of a group, we break into a sweat because we are afraid of rejection.
One of my favorite comedians over the years has been George Carlin. He’s gone now, but I came across this again recently and it made me remember how appropriate it is for us to consider as we age. With each passing year, for me, these words ring more true.