Yesterday marked one year since Stephen Hawking passed away.
He lived in an incredible life far exceeding the early expectations of many around him.
As I was reading through his story I stumbled across this quote of his again:
“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.”
Stephen had a motor neuron disease that stripped him of his ability to move. Had he only looked down at his feet and surrendered to circumstance he never would have had the impact that he did.
At times it will be hard to keep your eyes fixed on the stars, the big vision that you have for your life. You might look down at your feet and be frustrated by the lack of movement.
Remember, it matters that you don’t just give up.
In one of my new keynotes I quote Viktor Frankl who said, “What is to give light must endure burning.”
The light you produce for the world comes at a cost. The greats all knew this. The cost is that things won’t always go your way and that the road might seem too far and too treacherous.
At the end of the day, the physical obstacles you will encounter are fleeting, the pain temporary, and the fears imaginary.
Endure the burning.
Your light is worth it.
Acta Non Verba,