Make everyday a masterpiece because you don't know how many days you have left.

Two things happened during the past week that rattled my cage and got me thinking about things.

The first was the sudden death of an acquaintance here in Florida.

His name was Bob. He was 64 and retired and had a massive heart attack late Sunday night.

I just saw him the night before at a party. He was a prince of a man. He was very soft-spoken and always smiling.

In an instant he was gone forever.

His son Alex was on his way to Las Vegas for work. As soon as he learned what happened he got the first redeye flight back to Tampa.

Bob's daughter Jenny flew from Boston to be with her mother.

Friends were bringing in lunches and dinners for Sue and her kids.

It was a steady stream of friends visiting to pay their condolences.

Of course people die every day and the evidence is in the obituary column in all newspapers.

I scan these obituaries several times a week. The big difference is I don't know any of these people.

When someone you know dies that's different.

I don't know about you, but it makes me stop and think.

I start thinking about the things I take for granted.

Then I start thinking about the people I'm taking for granted.

It makes me think about what I think is important.

Of course this makes me think about what really is important.

Something else got me thinking about things this week.

It was a book that could be a life changer for you.

The title is, "The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea" written by Bob Burg and John David Mann.

The book described the five laws of stratospheric success.

If you're in sales you spend much of your time chasing new business.

The secret to selling more is to give more and serve more. Sorry, you'll have to read the book to learn the five laws of stratospheric success.

It's an excellent book with an extraordinary message waiting for you.
You can see the book here:

Bob's death and this extraordinary book got me thinking about a lot of things.

And remember it's never too late to make changes in your life - before it ends.

Make everyday a masterpiece because you don't know how many days you have left and neither do I.

Author's Bio: 

Jim shows sales managers and their salespeople how to increase sales, earn more money, have more fun, and how to do it all in less time.