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30 Seconds with Great Depth

2010-09-18 17:28 (comments: 3)

my cousin who I admire very much has sent me a wonderful speech of the former Coca Cola CEO Brian Dyson which he held in 1996, as retired head of Coca Cola, at Georgia Tech’s 172nd commencement. My first thought was to send it to my husband, some friends and some of my clients but then I knew that many of you would enjoy these words of wisdom as well.

Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them – work, family, health, friends and spirit … and you’re keeping all of these in the air.

You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls – family, health, friends and spirit – are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or evenshattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for Balance in your life.


Don’t undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others. It is because we are different that each of us is special.

Don’t set your goals by what other people deem important. Only you know what is best for you.

Don’t take for granted the things closest to your heart. Cling to them as you would your life, for without them, life is meaningless.

Don’t let your life slip through your fingers by living in the past or for the future. By living your life one day at a time, you live all the days of your life.

Don’t give up when you still have something to give. Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying.

Don’t be afraid to admit that you are less than perfect. It is this fragile thread that binds us to each together.

Don’t be afraid to encounter risks. It is by taking chances that we learn how to be pave.

Don’t shut love out of your life by saying it’s impossible to find time. The quickest way to receive love is to give; the fastest way to lose love is to hold it too tightly; and the best way to keep love is to give it wings!

Don’t run through life so fast that you forget not only where you’ve been, but also where you are going.

Don’t forget, a person’s greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated.

Don’t be afraid to learn. Knowledge is weightless, a treasure you can always carry easily.

Don’t use time or words carelessly. Neither can be retrieved. Life is not a race, but a journey to be savored each step of the way.

–Brian G. Dyson
President and CEO, Coca-Cola Enterprises during his speech at the Georgia Tech 172nd Commencement Address Sept. 6, 1996

It is one thing to read it and be inspired and it is a step further to read it, be inspired and then drawing the connection to your life, your believes and your actions. Does it inspire you enough to reflect and take action according to your current choices and behaviours? Read it and then let me know by commenting on the blog!




Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you is determinism; the way you play it is free will.

Jawaharlal Nehru

If you have the opportunity to play this game of life you need to appreciate every moment. A lot of people don`t appreciate the moment until it's passed.

Kanye West


And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.

Kahlil Gibran



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Comment by Ann | 2010-09-19

Great speech! very inspiring :o)

Comment by Andree | 2010-09-22

very inspiring! the analogy with the five balls is powerful. It makes you think about priorities in life.

Comment by Fundraising Tips | 2014-12-11

Truly inspiring! True that we have to take a step to apply this in our own life. We always have the choice to either make our live better or bitter. Thank you for sharing this eye-opening article. Keep posting!

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