I learned the tragic news that a client/colleague/friend of mine had passed away this past Monday. He was only 30 years old and so full of life. Frankly, it is hard to fathom that someone so young and exuberant who was only just scratching the surface of his professional and life potential would leave us so soon. Navid Azadi was a good man. Maybe he knew his time here on earth would be limited because he seemed to pack so much into such a short period. In the brief period we knew each other, I learned a lot from him and wanted to share these lessons so others can benefit from a life well spent:
- Live life to the fullest; don’t put off to tomorrow what’s important to you today because the window of opportunity may close before you know it;
- View the world as full of opportunity rather than strewn with obstacles; you’ll be amazed by how much more can get accomplished with this mindset;
- When push comes to shove, always bet on yourself – it’s better than the alternative of having your fate in the hands of others;
- Don’t be shy about seeking advice and guidance from others who will help you advance your personal and professional agenda;
- Always be on the lookout to grow new relationships while also carefully maintaining old relationships that are important to you. In the end, it’s the people you surround yourself with that define a life;
- Self-awareness is a critical part of personal growth;
- Don’t avoid difficult conversations; honesty and courage in communication will ultimately prevail as long as your intentions are pure;
- Invest time and energy in your passions; it’s important to be good at those things that are important to you;
- Don’t get pushed into a box and continue a path that’s not working for you; be willing to risk the uncertainty of new beginnings;
- Enthusiasm matters in life; positive energy is infectious and will rally others to your cause;
- It’s okay to vulnerable to those closest to you, they will respond in turn and both of you will grow as a result;
- Never forget the importance of having fun and being spontaneous – we are supposed to enjoy the ride.
There is so much more I could say about this exceptional human being. Of course, no person is a saint or devoid of faults – we are human after all. However, I do believe we all have a purpose and something to share in this world regardless of the time we may or may not have. In fact, the lives of those that are unfortunately cut short can be even more instructive. It was a privilege to have shared some of Navid’s journey in life. I am confident his spirit will live on through many people. I wish you well on your own journey and hope you spend some time to reflect on the points above – they are lasting gifts from a life well spent.