The Best Lesson I Ever Received Came At The Worst Possible Time


I didn’t know it at the time, but 16 years ago I got the lesson of a lifetime.

Are your Grandparents still around? Your mother? Father?

It was 16 years ago that I lost my Grandma and 6 years after that, my Grandpa.

Without a doubt, she was the most amazing women I knew. She was always the life of the party, hosted all the family gatherings, and was the glue that held my family together. My Grandpa was everything my Grandma was, but a little more silent.

Probably just like yours.

That’s what Grandparents are, aren’t they? Kind, caring, warm hearted, loving, and occasionally silent people who teach you one valuable lesson after another.

Truthfully, at the time I didn’t understand the magnitude of what happened. I understood that she was gone, but I didn’t recognize the lessons she left me with.

I was young and I thought I had a pretty good understanding of life.

“Live your life to the fullest.”

“Spend your time today as if tomorrow won’t be here.”

“Enjoy every moment as if it was your last.”

“Prepare for tomorrow, today.”

Yeah, yeah I thought. 

Sure. No problem. I’ll remember that. Each a great lesson.

Why are we like that? In one ear and out the other.

Maybe it’s because you don’t have the time, or that you are always in a rush to the next big thing? Or maybe it’s because you can’t possibly predict with certainty what will come your way tomorrow, so the easiest thing to do is to stand pat and stay the same?

Who knows? Your reasons are your own.

Here’s a lesson for you

What you do with your time, is 100% up to you.

I know that this sounds cliché and that’s because it’s meant to. You don’t have as much time as you think you do. Each day you hear of stories from people who were hit by a drunk driver, or suddenly find out they have cancer. Hours, days, or months later, they’re gone.

Knowing this, my question to you is, what are you doing right now to ensure that your time is yours? I don’t mean the time that you spend at work either. Let’s be honest, that time really isn’t yours, is it?

I mean, the time that you have to pursue your dreams.

Yeah, that time.

I get it. After work you’re tired and the last thing that you want to do is get back to work.

Been there, done that.

What if I told you that by working an extra hour or two each night for the next few years could free up 8+ hours a day for the next 20 years? Would that change your mind? 

It changed mine.

Look, I can’t tell you what to do. Nor can I tell you how to live. That’s none of my business.

I will tell you this. When my Grandma passed away, she had just received her first pension check from the government. Her first check…

That’s pretty fucked up, isn’t it?

To work an entire lifetime so that you may have freedom, only to pass away the moment before you are able to cash in on the freedom.

Now, I’m not saying that will happen to you but it could.


So, where do you begin?

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Cheers to your success,


Oh, and if that isn’t depressing enough, a little while back I wrote an article about a lesson or two that baby boomers can teach. Check it out if you want to know what you may regret later on if you don’t take control right now.


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I am a family man first and foremost. Everything that I do is for my family. They keep me focused and moving forward. My world was turned upside down when I visited Africa for the first time. That trip left me with a newfound purpose in life: To cause and create profound change in every corner of our world.
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Sarah Scott

Thanks for sharing that insight

Brian Garcia

Being a firefighter, I see people’s worlds change in a blink of an eye. From being t-boned at an intersection, to being unable to escape the debilitating smoke of a house fire, life is fragile and there are soo many things you can do to make the most of it. Thanks soo much for this post, Joel!


It is SO true – I learned that after my dad suddenly died. Sometimes you don’t know it until you live it. 🙁 But the key is learning from it – great post, very poignant, very true. Sixteen years ago or yesterday, still feel it.

Demetri Benton

We never know what’s in store, so we should live each day to the fullest! Time waits for no one. Great share Joel!

Dr. Lisa Thompson

Life is so short and we don’t know what the next moment brings. We all need to live in the present moment which is what we have control over.

Dr. Lisa

Theresa Lovelace

Great post, Joel!. Thanks for sharing your experiences! 🙂


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