10 Tips to Get Busy Living


One of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite movies is:

Get Busy Living or Get Busy Dying

At this point in the Shawshank Redemption, Andy (played by Tim Robbins) seems to be at his breaking point. He’s endured abuse, betrayal, and disappointment. But still…he won’t give up on his dream.

While sitting in the prison courtyard, surrounded by walls and bars, he shares his dream to Red (played by Morgan Freeman). He talks about breaking free and heading down to Zihuatanejo, where he’ll take guests out on an old boat to do charter fishing.

His friend listens and then chimes in with “reality.” He tells him he’s foolish, a dreamer, and unrealistic. Although Red isn’t mean or cruel, he doesn’t want to see his friend “get hurt” believing in a dream that will never come true. still-of-morgan-freeman-and-tim-robbins-in-the-shawshank-redemption-(1994)-large-picture

Andy won’t hear any of it. He knows his dream is all he has left. It’s what helps him survive. It’s what gives him hope. He looks at Red and with fiery passion says,

Yeah, right. That’s the way it is. It’s down there, and I’m in here. I guess it comes down to a simple choice really. Get busy living or get busy dying.

Can you relate? I can! Before I broke free and began living my dream plenty of people told me to:

  • Grow up.
  • Get real.
  • Face the music.
  • Wake up.1
  • Be practical.

They weren’t mean people; they just didn’t want me to get hurt.  I’ve realized something though. Sometimes breaking free isn’t about a huge bold move. Sometimes it starts with a simple action, like getting busy living. So, my team and I created a simple tool—10 TIPS TO GET BUSY LIVING—to help you get started.

Download 10 Tips

And look for some BIG NEWS coming soon. I want to share it with you first. Let’s just say, it’s one of the top highlights of my summer.