Dan Miller and Jared Angaza have teamed up to share their views on wisdom and passion in their book, "Wisdom Meets Passion." I met the father/son duo in the spring of this year during a Coaching with Excellence program. I absolutely love Dan's other books, "No More Dreaded Mondays" and "48 Days to the Work You Love." His books inspired me to write my first book, Barefoot Water Skiing, From Weekend Warrior to Competitor in less than 48 days.
The generations collide in Wisdom Meets Passion. Dan and Jared are as different as night and day-- but there's a lot of similar wisdom and passion between both of them. Whether you're just starting out in life or you're in the sunset of your days, Dan and Jared challenge you to keep yourself young by having goals that inspire you, friends who ignite your imagination and work that engages your passions. And none of this nonsense about being "too old" or "too late" to do what your heart desires--it's time to take action and move in a direction you truly want to go in.
Frankly, I couldn't put the book down. I'm at the point in my life where I want more from my experiences in life than things. I want to spend my days surrounded by people I can learn from and connect with. I want to spend my days with my family and friends. I want to grow the non-profit organization I work for and make a difference for deaf and hard of hearing folks around the world. And I want to be able to barefoot water ski in a bunch of cool places.
If you're living your life too small, this book is going to challenge you to explore your skills, your calling and your passions. Most of us have grown up with the idea that we will work hard in school, get a college degree, go to work, and wait for the day we can retire--so we can finally do what we really want to do. Jared has another take on what we view as "education":
You can get your education for free anytime you want it. Get online. Apprentice somewhere. Believe in yourself, and don't be afraid to fail. Your failures are typically the stepping-stones to your greatest successes.
"Most people die with their music still in them," says the quote from Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. "Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out."
Don't let the time run out on you.