Zach Sobiech, at the age of 14, found out he had a rare form of terminal cancer. So he became a rock star, and millions of people got to see his music
before he passed away on May 20, 2013. This is his beautiful story.
If you can focus on serving other people, your life will be fulfilled.
SALMAN KHAN: Live your life like it's your second chance.
From his 2012 commencement address at MIT:
"... Imagine yourself in 50 years. You’re in your early 70s, near the end of your career. You’re sitting on your couch, having just watched the State of the Union holographic address by President Kardashian.
"You begin to ponder your life. The career successes, how you’ve been able to provide for your family. You’ll think of all the great moments with your family and friends. But then you start to think about all of the things you wished you had done just a little differently, your regrets. I can guess at what they might be.
"Sitting in 2062, you wish that you had spent more time with your children. That you had told your spouse how much you loved them more frequently. That you could have even one more chance to hug your parents and tell them how much you appreciate them before they passed. That you could have smiled more, laughed more, danced more and created more. That you better used the gifts you were given to empower others and make the world better.
"Just as you’re thinking this, a genie appears from nowhere and says, “I have been eavesdropping on your regrets. They are valid ones. I can tell you are a good person so I am willing to give you a second chance if you really want one.” You say “Sure” and the genie snaps his fingers.
"All of a sudden you find yourself right where you are sitting today. It is June 8, 2012, at Killian Court. You are in your shockingly fit and pain-free 20-something body and begin to realize that it has really happened. You really do have the chance to do it over again. To have the same career successes and deep relationships. But, now you can optimize. You can laugh more, dance more and love more. Your parents are here again so it is your chance to love them like you wished you had done the first time. You can be the source of positivity that you wished you had been the first time around.
"So now I stand here, once again deeply honored to be here. Excited by what you, the MIT class of 2012 — both undergrads and graduate students — the young wizards of our time — a time like no other in human history — will do with your second chance."
Justin Stefano and Philippe von Borries had never started a company before. Neither had worked in fashion before either.
But in 2005, they left their jobs in law and politics respectively to start Refinery29. Refinery29 is a New York-based fashion content and commerce company.
For a long time, no one took Stefano or von Borries seriously. Now Refinery29 is one of the few new media companies that is expected to exit north of $100 million.
In February, Refinery29 raised a modest $4.2 million Series B round from First Round Capital, Floodgate, Lerer Ventures, and Hearst led by president David Carey. In 2009 it generated $400,000 annually. This year it's expected to pull in $24 million.
Most people claim to want success.
But not everyone is willing to do the hard work and the smart work
to get there. Often opportunities present themselves and because people are distracted, they miss them or give up on them before things fully develop.
Truly successful people don't leave much to chance. They are disciplined and focused. They constantly seek new methods to achieve more, in bigger and faster ways. Listed below are eight different practices that will help you concentrate your efforts on rising above the tide.
Fallon kicked it off with a heartfelt rendition of Melissa Manchester's "Don't Cry Out Loud. "That was really beautiful," Krasinski said, pretending to be choked up. Then he threw down the gauntlet with Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream," shimmying and unbuttoning his jacket.
"Fake breathing at the end and everything," a respectful Fallon noted.
They continued to duel, with Fallon lip-syncing Das EFX's "They Want EFX" and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," and Krasinski doing Run DMC's "Peter Piper." But he really brought the house down with a throbbing version of Boyz II Men's "I'll Make Love to You."To the Roots's and audience's delight, Krasinski went there -- grabbing his fake earpiece, tearing off his jacket, loosening his tie. And at the end, he beckoned Fallon over to fake-sing together: "I'll make love to you, like you want me to!"
Zach Sobiech is a 17-year-old boy with a rare and deadly form of bone cancer calledosteosarcoma. But instead of allowing this diagnosis to overwhelm him, he's instead using it as an opportunity to inspire others and raise awareness through his music. And some celebrities want to help him do so. See the beautiful collaboration in action in the video above.
The truly uplifting work featuring a multitude of celebrities (Brian Cranston, Sarah Silverman, Ashley Tisdale, Colbie Caillat, Chris Pratt, Anna Faris, Jason Mraz, Sara Bareilles, Andy Grammer, Angela Kinsey, Jenna Elfman, Jack McBrayer, Jenna Fischer, The Lumineers... and that's only half of the list!) for Zach's song "Clouds" was posted by Soul Pancake who write:
Given only months to live, Zach turned to music to say goodbye. His song "Clouds" spread, and soon, Zach's message was heard across the country. We wanted to help Zach spread his message, and bring awareness to increase support for finding a cure. So, we asked our friends to help out...they did. (CBS News)
Excerpt from song:
"Be ready to live and it'll be ripped right out of my hands,"
"If only I had a little bit more time with you,"
"we'll go up, up, up/But I'll fly a little higher/We'll go up in the clouds because the view is a little nicer."
Editor's Note: I know I haven't kept my goal of updating once a week. Thanks for the continue support; and for believing and going for your dreams. You're an inspiration to me and many others.
Tuna Fishy holding on a donut for dear life!
When we hear the word "budgeting", we tend to think of not enough. Let's be honest, the media has most people to believe that only poor people and stingy people 'budget'. What I'm talking about here is a budget surplus which is the key to becoming rich and staying rich for life. A budget is a plan. Most people use their budget plan to become cheap and stingy. You, on the other hand, should budget to become rich.
In November, Rihanna invited 200 people (150 media, 50 fan contest winners) on her "777 tour," which consisted of seven concerts in seven countries in seven days via a 777 aircraft to promote her seventh album, "Unapologetic."
But seven may be the singer's unlucky number.
Just two shows into the world tour, RiRi was already over it, saying, “It’s already feeling a little brutal.”
Meanwhile, journalists were flooding the internet with horror stories of their trip — complaining of little sleep, little interaction with Rihanna, and how late the singer was for every concert.
People think successful people are lucky. Maybe a tiny few. But for the majority of the successful people, they really hustle and hustle. Rihanna is a perfect example of this. Watch and believe!
Twitter CEO Dick Costolo gave a commencement speech over the weekend at the University of Michigan.
The speech is also full of wisdom, according to blue chip New York VC Fred Wilson. It is "relevant to everyone working in the startup world," he says.
"Not only can you not plan the impact you're going to have, you often won't recognize it when you're having it…The impact is what others frame for you and the world after it happens. The present is only what you're experiencing and focused on right now…You cannot draw that path looking forward. You cannot draw any of your paths looking forward. You have to figure out what you love to do, what you have conviction about, and go do that."
"So far you guys have gotten where you are by meeting and exceeding expectations. From here on out, you have to switch gears…There are no expectations. There is no script. When you're doing what you love to do, you become resilient. You create a habit of taking chances on yourself. If you do what expected of you and things go poorly, you will look to external sources for what to do next, because that will be your habit. You will be standing there frozen. If you are just filling a role you will be blindsided."
"What I implore you to do is believe that if you make courageous choices and bet on yourself and put yourself out there that you will have an impact as a result of what you do and you don't need to know now what that will be, or how that will happen, because nobody ever does."
Rob told me JB was dead. JB was my best friend growing up. We sat next to each other on the bus. After school we’d play ping pong or pinball or monopoly or ride bikes.
Every single day we did this for eight years. Then we drifted apart.
Rob said, The last time I spoke to him he sounded like a ghost.
It was like there was nothing there, Rob said.