Almost twenty years ago, I was in a meeting in which someone asked an odd, out of the blue question: “What do you think is the most valuable land in the world?”
We all made our guesses. Manhattan. The oil fields of the Middle East. The gold mines of South Africa. But according to the speaker, we were all wrong.
Instead, quoting the late Myles Munroe, he said, “The most valuable land in the world is the graveyard, because in it are buried all of the unwritten novels, unexecuted ideas, unreconciled relationships, dreams not pursued.” All that value, all those opportunities were buried in the ground with them, making it the most valuable land in the world.
I resolved that day that I wasn’t going to take my best work to the grave. I would do everything I could each day to empty myself of my best work. To put it into the world where it could be useful instead of hold on to it until it is “perfect” or I have more time or whatever other excuse would be easy to cling to.
Is there an idea, a project, a conversation, or anything that you have been sitting on and thinking “tomorrow, I’ll start that”? If so, today is the day to get moving. Do something. Start small and build.
Refuse to take your best work to the grave with you. Choose to die empty.
What have you been putting off that you need to get started on now, today?