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  • Ryan O.

Let's Skip The Small Talk

I recently had lunch with my friend, Robb. During our conversation, Robb asked me if I saw the TEDx Talk about “making big talk.” Interested in what this TEDx Talk was about, Robb asked me three questions:

1. What do you want to do before you die?

2. If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do?

3. What’s your biggest fear?

Here are my responses.

I want to live a happy, compassionate, and joyful life. I believe that true happiness comes from helping others. From a work standpoint, being a real estate advisor gives me a platform to help my family and friends achieve their home ownership dreams. My mantras are, “Facilitating Dreams” and “Finding Your Value”. Both mantras easily summarize my approach to life. It’s my core.

I would be sad if I found out I was going to die tomorrow. Who wouldn’t? However, I don’t think I would do anything different. That is, I would just live my life as if it was a normal day. I don’t think I would tell anyone too. When I was a child, I remember my dad telling me, “You pay your respects to people when they are alive. It’s too late when they are dead.” I make it a point to maximize my time with people. I strive to have depthful and meaningful conversations with people. Lastly, I’m not afraid to tell a person how much I appreciate them.

My biggest fear is dying. A friend once told me, “Everybody wants to go to Heaven, but no one wants to die.” I don’t think death itself scares me. However, not knowing what happens does make my mind wonder at times. This fear is one of the reasons why I strive to live a happy, compassionate, and joyful life. When I kick-the-can, I just want to remembered as a good person—a guy that was genuine and dedicated to helping others.

Lets skip the small talk…What are you responses to these questions?


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