In a Commencement Address at Stanford University, Steve Jobs said,

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything—all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure—these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.

Ric Elias was a passenger on flight 1579, the plane that crash-landed in the Hudson River in New York in January 2009. What went through his mind as the doomed plane went down? In this short five-minute speech, he shares how facing his own death gave him a new perspective on life. It’s well worth watching. (Thanks to Darrell Vesterfelt at the Storyline Blog for sharing this.)

Apple may or may not be working on an iWatch, but my guess is that they are. This video is from San Francisco designer Todd Hamilton. Pretty cool if you ask me.

Question: Would you buy one of these? Yes or no? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

Registration for my new course, “5 Days to Your Best Year Ever” is now closed. If you would like to be added to our Early Notificaton List, click here. We will let the people on that list know first when the course is available again. We will also make available special bonuses to that list that are unavailable to the general public.

My friends at Rainey Media just finished my new speaking reel. I’m so pleased with how it turned out.

By the way, if you have thought about bringing me in to speak for your event, now is the time to do it. I have cut my available speaking dates in half this year. It is part of an intentional strategy to stay home and create more content. I only have five more events to book and then my schedule is full. I will not be accepting more invitations once that happens.

If you are interested in exploring this, check out my speaking page or contact Brian Scheer, who handles all my speaking requests.

One of my daughters sent me this video the other day. Not only is it a great example of a wow experience (something I talk about extensively in my book, Platform), but it immediately got me into the Christmas spirit. I hope it does for you, too.

By the way, this is from a new Christmas album by the group Pentatonix.

Question: What are you looking forward to most about the holidays? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

Amazon is working on technology that will enable you to receive your package within 30 minutes of placing the order. (Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon, revealed this on 60 Minutes.)

Question: Is this a good idea or a bad one? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

Watch this touching video The Power of Words, to see how changing just a few words can make a dramatic difference in your life and in the lives of those around you.

Question: Can you think of a time when words have had a major impact on you or on those around you? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

Andy Andrews doesn’t hope you’ll do great things with your life. He’s expecting it. Watch this touching video about putting his boys to bed to find out why!