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Life is Short and So am I

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J and Beyond, is one of two big international Joomla conferences every year, with the Joomla World Conference being the other and it’s back for a fourth year.  From May 31st to June 2nd, Joomla! developers and site builders from over 30 countries will gather in Noordwijkerhout, near Amsterdam.

The Keynote - ”Life is Short and So Am I”.

On the Saturday night, I gave the keynote address.

This was a presentation on ‘intentionalizing’ your life. On January 25, 2013 I turned 19,000 days old. I know – that’s kind of weird. Who counts how many days they’ve been alive? As it turns out, it’s a great way to really make each day count and there’s a lot of wisdom in doing so.

Sociologists tell us that our 20′s are the ‘most important’ decade of our lives. What I’m going to be sharing is something I wish someone had told me around day 9,000 of my life… not day 19,000. Life IS short and coincidentally, so am I. It gives you an interesting perspective – when all you can see is ‘backs and butts’ when standing in line for things – its like not seeing the forest for the trees all the time.

I wanted to help folks see that while not every day can be remarkable, you can make a remarkable difference in at least one person’s life, every day.

If you want to find out how many days old you are right now, go to imrodmartin.com/my-days.

Some of the resources for my talk (in no particular order):

  • The idea of making every day count and counting the days we've been alive comes from this fantastic book - 20,000 Days and Counting by Robert D. Smith.  I can't say enough about how much I have appreciated this short book.
  • Using Our Practical Wisdom - Barry Schwartz (TED Talk)
  • What Makes Us Feel Good About Our Work - Dan Ariely (TED Talk)
  • Enchantment - Guy Kawasaki
  • Seven Habits of Highly Effective People / First Things First - Stephen Covey
  • Platform - Michael Hyatt
  • Harvard Business Review - I'm an avid reader - so many ideas over time - but definitely an influence on this talk
  • Triumphs of Experience - George Vaillant - The Harvard study I quoted at the end of my talk
  • Story of the Zen Master - Charlie Wilson's War
  • The Bible - most of the Proverbs I quoted are from the book of Proverbs (NLT)
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