Building Community Through Better Relationships

This Ain’t No Dress Rehearsal


Two old friends are having lunch and discussing their future. They both just sent their youngest child to great universities. The older of the two acknowledged how his world was now different, and he was now making a bigger bet on himself. Exclaiming, “This Ain’t No Dress Rehearsal”, he shared his next planned project. He was not throwing caution to the wind, just boldly stepping forward focused on his interests and passions. He committed to fulfilling his personal ambitions and deploying all his talent! He prepared for his next great, individual performance.

Live Full and Die Empty
Legendary motivational speaker, Les Brown, often exhorted “Live full and die empty”. The sentiment refers to exhausting all resources and skills in pursuing specific goals. Don’t exhaust them all at once. But apply them toward your individual aspirations. You cannot take your talents with you. Consider your priorities. Be responsibly selfish. Contribute your skills to your family, your community, your faith. Just contribute them in such a way that you create more value because of your choice. Under no circumstances do you bury your talent. The next, great performance demands deploying every bit of talent inside you. Let the critics quibble over the performance. Give your all!

Start Where You Are
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do What you can.” ~Arthur Ashe, tennis legend and humanitarian. I lectured to a high school class in urban Nashville about entrepreneurship. I asked what do you need to be an entrepreneur. A young lady answered “A college degree.” I politely, but firmly told her “no”. I quickly added, “Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying a college degree is not important. And, I encourage you to get one.” To be clear, I am a monstrous advocate of higher education, and have my children’s college debt to prove it! The point to her is to maximize the resources at her disposal. Learn the skills and business acumen necessary to reach your dreams from people who are doing it. Next, identify activities that you enjoy which can bring value to a specific audience. Then, ignore all the people in your life who are sitting on the sidelines and telling you that your ideas are silly. Under what authority does someone without ideas or ambition get to pass judgment on people with them? So, take your talents and seize an opportunity!

Your personal performance is not limited by a specific timeframe or place. It works best when it is a body of work that takes time to develop fully. Live life to the fullest each and every day. Take a companion with you. Call them a friend, accountability partner, or significant other, but have another talented individual on the big stage with you. Just remember that this is your work, your purpose and consequently, your masterpiece. Give this life-performance everything you got! Use whatever you can grab at your disposal to make it great! This ain’t no dress rehearsal!! This is the performance of your life. Start Today.

By Glenn W Hunter
Principal of Hunter And Beyond


November 23, 2016 - Posted by | Better Community, Better Person | , , , , ,


  1. Nicely written 🙂

    Comment by itskazi | November 23, 2016 | Reply

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