Jack London’s Credo

One of the most powerful things I have ever heard is “What becomes of you when you die?” And I’m not speaking in the physical or the spiritual terms either. I mean what happens to your legacy when you die? Who do you become when you are no longer here? What will your grandchildren say about you? Are they going to say you lived your life the way you were supposed to live it? Are they going to remember a person who did everything humanly possible to live an extraordinary life, or are they going to remember you simply by your name? What will people say at your eulogy? Don’t be remembered solely by your name. One of the worst things you can do is not leave a legacy of who you truly were. It is your obligation to live out your life with purpose. And whatever that purpose is, do it every day with passion. And when I say passion, I mean do it like there is a gigantic chip on your shoulder. Do it like you have something to prove, because the truth is that you do have something to prove. And what is it that you have to prove? You have to prove to every single person that ever doubted you, or questioned you, and every person that loved you unconditionally that you were put here to be extraordinary! And how do you that? Let your eulogy influence your life choices.


“I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot! I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy permanent planet. The function of a man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time!

Jack London



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