As a single footstep will not make a path on the Earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.
—Henry David Thoreau
If you've patiently worked your way through the previous chapters, I hope you've experienced an incredible journey. You should now have a profoundly better understanding of who you are and what to do with your life.
That said, there's one more exercise to tackle—writing your Letter of Reflection. Your letter will provide a concise summation of the goals you've identified and help keep you on point as you share your Gifts with the world.
My personal reinvention began after having a vision of my funeral. The words being spoken graveside ring as loudly now as they did then: “Here lies Steve Olsher. He devoted his life to chasing the almighty dollar.”
I suddenly realized that aside from family and friends, the only one who substantially benefited from my existence was me, me, and—did I mention—me. I began to think about how to best use the years I had left and started wondering what accomplishments I could look back on towards the end of my life that would make me feel proud.
Interestingly, none of them involved making money.
While I'd enjoyed moderate success as an entrepreneur, it became clear that everything I'd done as a professional was focused ...