Today a homeless man asked me, “Do you know the meaning of life?”
I said, “It’s a mystery.” Yet the question stuck. You’d think by age 52 I’d know the answer.
The ultimate TED quest was to be relevant by being irrelevant in less than 10 minutes.
Answering the elusive question was proving to be truly elusive.
I searched for wisdom by talking with family, friends, associates, teachers, children, and even the dog, Lily, who (by the way) had one of the best answers. She brought me a dish and a ball. From her point of view life boils down to eating and playing, not necessarily in that order.
Offering advice to the world was paralyzing for two reasons. First, I was uneasy with giving advice, for rarely was I asked to share it. Second, I couldn’t think of any advice to share. Too cliché to say, “save money, don’t go to bed angry, and have faith.”
Really, what timeless advice could I share that could connect with everyone: young, old, man, woman of any race, religion, and culture? Some said preparing for a TED Talk would be more challenging than Ironman training. That proved to be true.