Don't let your dreams die too early - What is your purpose for living if not to achieve your dreams?
In February 2008, Michael Anthony was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. In March 2008, the doctors told him that he had only 3 days to live. The doctors offered him only a very slim ray of hope – using very extreme heavy-duty chemotherapy, much more than a normal dose — with no guarantees that he would live through it.
After consultation with his family, Michael decided to take a chance and proceed with the doctors' recommendations. During the next month, there were many times when he wished he had just moved on. The pain and the sickness from the chemo was almost more than he could bear.
After a month, the doctors told him that the chemo had not stopped the cancer, that he was no better after the treatments, that he should go home and prepare to die. That he had maybe a few days or a week at most to live.
Michael did what the doctors told him — went home from the hospital, wrote his obituary, updated his will, told his family and friends that he was dying, and then he waited.
Shortly before all this happened, Michael had contacted me, a long-time friend and former business partner, to help him edit and finish a book he had been working on for several years, Income Without a Job. I agreed to work with him to finish the book.
When I learned that Michael was given only a very short time to live, I drew on all my powers of prayer and focused concentration to do a rough edit and get a few copies of the book printed so that he could at least see how it could look in book form while he was still with us. I constantly reminded Michael of what he had taught me years ago – how to focus your mind and not to believe anyone else’s predictions about how long we might have to live. I was reminded of the many friends of mine who had achieved success against impossible odds, and those who had lived many years past dire medical predictions. And, reminded Michael of some of the good work he had already done in his life.
When Michael saw a draft copy of the book in his hands, he knew he had one more reason to live. He began to remember the purpose of his being; his need to offer what he knows to those who have a sincere desire to learn. When Michael’s family and friends rallied around him and demonstrated how much they loved him, he really knew he had a reason to live longer and with even more caring.
So, by April 2008, Michael altered his will. He decided that he would take control of his life again and not give away control to the doctors. He decided that he was not ready to die — that he had many reasons to stick around and continue to do the things he had wanted to do for a long time.
Michael realized that he had let his proven ability to help others drift away, years passing without achieving his ultimate dreams while he allowed others to set his agenda and his priorities. He forgot what he had always known — that he is in charge of his own life.
In Income Without a Job, we (Michael and Barbara) share what we have taught for the past 25 years: how to succeed in business, how to use the inherent power that everyone has within them to improve your life for the better, how to achieve your dreams – in a step-by-step fashion. Some of the greatest teachers known to us have taught the same thing:
However, if you don’t listen to yourself, the rest of the world can keep you from achieving your dreams or living your life to the fullest.
It was Michael Anthony who says:
Just as Michael’s doctors told him that he only had a few days to live, how many others have told you that your dreams didn’t matter, that you could not achieve what you believed you wanted for yourself?
In Income Without a Job, we (Michael and Barbara) will guide you through the process of breaking free of an 8 to 5 dead-end job — giving away your soul and your life for the dollars that someone pays you — and show you how you too can be everything you want to be; how you can achieve the dreams that are waiting to burst forth from within you.
As of the date of the publication of our book, Michael is alive and growing stronger by the day, for he never really believed it was time for his demise. He believes that it is still his destiny to help others conquer the negativities of life.
PS: Update January 2012: It's been almost 4 years since Michael was told by his doctors that he only had a few days to live. Today, he is thriving, with no sign of leukemia in his body. His doctors are stumped. For all those who believe in miracles and those who are not sure, his story is truly one of the miracles. Those who know him continue to be grateful every single day for the miracle that keeps him with us. If there is ever a reason to follow your own dream, this is it. Today may be the last day you spend here on this physical Earth or today may be the day that your life takes a different turn and becomes the one that changes your entire life's course. Every day offers a brand new choice.
PS: Update June 2014: I am very sorry to report that Michael Anthony departed this earthly life on June 8, 2014. He fought a valiant and courageous fight against a number of heath issues, supported by loving family and friends for more than 6 years after the doctors gave him no hope of living more than a few days. He will be deeply missed by all who loved him and benefited from his presence in their lives.
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