Brielle Murray has changed a lot of lives. Barely 13 years old, she has touched many, many lives as she faced RMS cancer for the last three years. She passed away on Friday, February 17 at 9:45 A.M. In her room were still thank you cards and valentines that she was making for others. Brad's question had me going over and over Brielle's short life - here she was thinking of others while facing unbelievable challenges. Perhaps that question is part of the answer.
In our culture of Me First, we don't often think of what's left behind when the Me is gone. And yet, that's what's lasting. Recently, I was talking to a key person in one company's agile adoption and he kept referencing how one executive had made such a difference. When I went on LinkedIn to find out more, I saw that the executive had moved on to another opportunity years earlier. But you wouldn't know it from the way the agilist was talking - it was like the executive was still there. In some ways, he was. That exec was still making a difference through how he had impacted this agilist, and now how that agilist was coaching his ScrumMasters, QA folks, developers and others on the teams he was over.
You can make a difference. You can change lives - the way people view challenges, believe in themselves, respond to failure, treat others. But it doesn't start later. It starts now. It's starts with the focus, resolve and passion you would have if you were just told that you only have months or a year to live.
Below are some resources on how others responded to the same question -
- Tim McGraw - Live Like You Were Dying - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xSGLZd9Vg4
- The Fray - How To Save A Life - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjVQ36NhbMk
- Switchfoot - Dare You To Move - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOTcr9wKC-o
- One Month to Live: Thirty Days to a No-Regrets Life - http://amzn.to/hkiXzg
- Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson - http://amzn.to/fx1Xsy
- Death Be Not Proud - http://amzn.to/eYGti5
- Alicia's Story - http://www.sfgate.com/alicia/
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