What can a deaf dog teach you about priorities?

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She may be deaf, but she has a 6th sense for this kind of thing.

Every morning is the same for our dog, Bella.

She is an old Sheltie and has recently lost her hearing completely. But that doesn’t stop her from staying in the action.

When I wake up in the morning, I take a shower and get dressed. And by the time I’m ready to go, she is awake and ready too, despite not hearing me move around.

As soon as I open the bedroom door, she bursts through it and runs to her bed in the living room.

She will lay there and doze off while I make coffee and write.

But what's interesting about this is that our cat does exactly the opposite. She sleeps in the living room, gets her breakfast, and then comes to wait by our door so that she can get into the bedroom when I leave.

She wants to sit by the heater and watch my wife get ready.

Both animals are obsessed with going where they can’t go. So there is often a collision at the door when I open it.

And this is a situation we often find ourselves in as humans.

I’ve been thinking about Dave Hollis, who died suddenly over the weekend. He was married to Rachel Hollis at one point and (from the outside at least) it seemed like he played a big part in the growth of her brand.

According to his Instagram, he was a father of four, a human (…), and a whole lot more.

It makes you wonder... how prepared are those kids for this? How prepared could they be? It's heartbreaking.

It’s easy to envy his business success. He was an executive at Disney, managed Rachel Hollis’ brand, and was successful at everything he put his mind to.

But when you only focus on business, you tend to forsake everything else.

Health concerns, obviously. But I was always bothered that he and his ex-wife published a relationship podcast.

I’m the type of person who doesn’t see overweight doctors. I prefer to work with people who walk their talk.

And with Dave and Rachel, for one reason or another, they stopped walking before they stopped talking.

If you look closely, you see glaring faults with all the most successful businessmen and women. They aren't as perfect as you might think.

Warren Buffett pretended his family didn’t exist.

Gates, Bezos, Musk, Ford… all the most iconic entrepreneurs were criticized for neglecting the relationships with those closest to them.

Everybody wants to be rich and famous.

Except for the rich and famous people who want to be less famous.

Many would trade their money back for more time with family.

Or to rekindle their relationship before it permanently breaks.

You don’t know when your last day will be.

Today is the only thing you’re given. So don’t waste it all in a dogged pursuit of money.

Take time to smell the roses.

Take time to appreciate what you have.

Because there is somebody who is running as fast as they can away from what you want and straight towards what you have.


Andrew Ryder

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